Seems Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom project is beginning to take shape: He’s apparently teaming with movie producer Joe Roth and Lionsgate to shop a TV-sized version of the 2003 Adam Sandler film Anger Management, says TMZ and others (Lionsgate still says no deal, by the way). The duo are hunting for a showrunner willing to get into the tiger’s den with Sheen. Deadline wondered who would be desperate enough to join a Sheen project, but there’s always somebody, right? (Heck, it’s arguably worth doing just for the lifetime’s supply of party anecdotes you’d acquire from the experience.) But what about the rumored pitch itself — Charlie Sheen in Anger Management sitcom? Could that find a network home?
Here’s some pros and cons:
— Name recognition. Everybody has heard of Sheen, he’s got a built-in fanbase and starred in the most popular sitcom on TV.
— Many have heard of Anger Management too, or at the very least the title gives you an fair idea what the show is about. And… hmm… okay…
— The elephant-sized mound of you-know-what in the room. Sheen has bragged about his drug use and reportedly refused to go to rehab. How does that attitude not cause problems, perhaps spectacular problems, for a production team and a network?
— Anger Management wasn’t a good movie — 43 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. (Then again, neither was the big screen version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
— Rants: Now that Sheen has rebranded himself as the Malibu Messiah, does anybody really think he’ll go back to being a supportive team player for his new project? Remember the story of the frog and the scorpion — sooner or later you’re going to get stung, right?
What do you think?