'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' Move In at ABC
Movie director Liman set to helm pilot
The network has given the go-ahead to start production on the pilot, which is based on the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie movie that made better than $180 million in theaters last year. ABC started development on the show nearly a year ago, but other commitments by its executive producers pushed the start of production back to this season.
The movie's writer, Simon Kinberg, and director, Doug Liman, are each attached to perform the same jobs on the pilot, the showbiz trade papers say. Both will also be executive producers, along with Dave Bartis.
No one has been cast in either of the lead roles yet; Pitt and Jolie, whose real-life romance sparked while they were filming the movie, won't be involved in the show.
Kinberg, who describes the show as "'Married ... with Children' with guns," will set the pilot about six months after the the events of the film. Married assassins John and Jane Smith now know each other's professional secrets, but after a move to a new house, the spark is gone from their marriage.
Liman and Kinberg are currently collaborating on the feature film "Jumper" and are scheduled to film the "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" pilot in the spring.
Liman's last TV project was NBC's "Heist" last spring. The "Swingers" and "Bourne Identity" director also helmed the first two episodes of "The O.C." Kinberg's other writing credits inlclude "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "XXX: State of the Union."