Everybody Hates Chris is getting a potential new life — as an animated series.
CBS Studios is developing a reboot of the critically acclaimed UPN/CW comedy about comedian Chris Rock’s childhood. The studio is also developing an American version of Israeli drama Shtisel and a show based on Jamal Joseph’s memoir Panther Baby.
Everybody Hates Chris and Shtisel will soon be taken out to potential buyers, while Panther Baby is set up at Starz.
The original Everybody Hates Chris ran from 2005-09 on UPN and The CW and focused on Rock’s teenage years in Brooklyn. Co-creators Rock and Ali LeRoi are also behind the animated version, executive producing with Michael Rotenberg (who was an EP of the live-action show). Rock is also expected to narrate the animated show, as he did the original.
CBS Studios has made a push into animation recently with a pair of Star Trek series: Lower Decks at Paramount+ and the upcoming Prodigy at Nickelodeon — the first Trek series aimed at kids. The studio is also behind Showtime’s Our Cartoon President and Paramount+’s Tooning Out the News(both exec produced by Stephen Colbert) and is producing an animated fourth season of comedy No Activity for Paramount+.
The American remake of Shtisel comes from writer Lauren Gussis (Insatiable, Dexter), with Kenneth Lonergan attached to direct. It’s described as a modern Romeo and Julie tale centered on the privileged daughter of a Hollywood power couple who falls for a Hasidic man and becomes willing to uproot her entire life to be with him.
Source: Hollywood Reporter