Charlie Sheen has a new job: His sitcom based on the old Adam Sandler movie, "Anger Management," will be developed by Revolution's Joe Roth and Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Santa Monica-based syndicator Debmar-Mercury, Lionsgate Television, Mark Burg (Sheen's manager), production company Evolution Management and Robert Maron.
Phew. That's a lot of cooks.
Now, they just need a paying customer -- a network. AMC has been rumored, but it could end up in a lot of places -- including Showtime (which is building its comedy brand, now with "Weeds" likely gone after this season) or even Netflix, which is doing the same.
Statements: “I chose 'Anger Management' because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” said Sheen. “It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth.”
"Our sitcom model is all about building well-known brands around extraordinary talents like Charlie that, thanks to their large profit participation, are highly motivated to succeed," added Bernstein and Marcus in a joint statement. "It’s not every day you can roll out a sitcom featuring the star of the biggest TV comedy of the past decade.”
Lionsgate: "We always look for series ideas that are noisy, accessible and relevant... With a star of Charlie's magnitude, a producer as venerable as Joe Roth and a branded property as compelling as 'Anger Management,' this show has unique upside while still adhering to our disciplined business model.”