Hollywood—Several sources close to the project have come out confirming that “Mr. Belvedere” will be coming to a theater near you sometime in 2012.
The sitcom, which starred Christopher Hewitt as the titular butler hired by the Owens family in Pennsylvania, ran on ABC from 1985 to 1990.
“Since the day we left the air, there has been talk of making a movie,” said Brice Beckham, who played Wesley Owens on the show.
Beckham has been in talks to co-produce the movie. The first draft of the script was written by another 80s sitcom star, Dan Schneider, who played Dennis for five seasons on ABC’s “Head of the Class.”
Fred Savage has been approached to direct the film, after “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper left the project for unspecified reasons.
“We’re all very, very excited about it,” said Schneider, who added that one of the ingenues from his stable of Nickelodeon shows may be cast as Heather, the middle child of the Owens family.
Beckham said he regularly talks to Bob Uecker, who played George, the patriarch of the Owens family, and that they both will have cameos in the film.
Hewitt died in 2001.
So who is being courted to play the new Mr. Belvedere in this incarnation?
Beckham said it should be somebody British, but it doesn’t have to be. Robbie Coltrane would be an obvious choice, he said.
“Or somebody like Daniel Craig,” Schneider said. “Look what he did for James Bond. If he can reboot that franchise, he can certainly tackle Mr. Belvedere. That would be sweet!”
The setting may be different than the show, Beckham said. “Modern-day Pittsburgh was the setting before, but we’re thinking about returning the story to its original period, in the 1940s. Or maybe the future, we haven’t ruled that out yet, either. Belvedere in space. Maybe serving aliens. CGI. Nice…”
“A James Bond butler in space,” said Schneider. “I would definitely go see that movie!”