America’s favorite perpetually happy family may be returning to a living room near you. CBS is developing a reboot of The Brady Bunch alongside Vince Vaughn, with an eye towards creating a revamped, multi-camera comedy iteration of the classic comedy series. Though the original show—which ran on ABC from 1969-1974—centered on a widowed architect with three sons who married a woman with three daughters, the updated version finds a divorced man named Bobby Brady with kids of his own married to a woman who also has kids, and they share a child together. Hit the jump for more details.
Per THR, the project has received a script order and will be produced by CBS TV Studios. The changes made to the reboot pilot, written by Mike Mariano (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl), reflect how the family television landscape has evolved since the original series was on television. Carol Brady was intended to be a divorcee in the original show, but the creator’s intention was nixed by the network (taboo!) and her first marriage went unmentioned.
Another major change being made for the update is that the former spouses of the titular Bradys will still very much be part of their lives. The project is still only in the script stage, and there’s no guarantee that it’ll move forward to a pilot order, but this is a high profile property so I’m sure CBS will do everything they can to get it in tip-top condition. As a fan of the purity of the original and—to a greater extent—the camp and ridiculousness of the 1990s feature films, I’m interested to see what 2012’s version of The Brady Bunch looks like. Bryan Singer is attempting a similar feat with his NBC reboot of the classic series The Munsters.
Vaughn will executive produce and develop the show alongside Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley through his Wild West Picture Show Productions banner. I assume we’ll hear whether the project’s a “go” or not in a few months, before pilot season begins early next year.