CBS is bringing back Neil Simon's classic comedy The Odd Couple, with Matthew Perry on board to produce and co-write the pilot script, as well as star.
The actor will play the messy sportswriter Oscar Madison in this modernized story, although it isn't known who will play Oscar's neat-freak roommate Felix Unger yet. The multi-camera comedy project received a script commitment from CBS, with Matthew Perry and Mad About You co-creator Danny Jacobson writing the script. Here's what Matthew Perry had to say in a statement.
"Ever since seeing the movie The Odd Couple when I was 10 years old, it has been a dream for me to play Oscar Madison. To be given the opportunity to develop a modern version of it for CBS has put a permanent smile across my face. I met up with a wonderful writing partner in Danny Jacobson. We both have such a passion for the source material that we have instantly become obsessed with making this great. Plus, I think it's time for me to be in front of a live audience again. I miss that. The search for Felix Ungar is on!"
Matthew Perry and Danny Jacobson are also executive producing with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.
The Odd Couple has had several different adaptations throughout the years, including the 1968 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, the 1970 TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman and the short-lived The New Odd Couple.