‘Bewitched’ Movie in Development at Sony

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Sony Pictures is in early development on a new adaptation of the classic sitcom “Bewitched,” starring Elizabeth Montgomery.

Montgomery starred for eight seasons as Samantha Stephens, a witch married to an ordinary man named Darrin (Dick York and later Dick Sargent) and whose magical powers often cause — yet, sometimes solve — a few wrinkles in her life as a typical suburban housewife.

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Created by Sol Saks, under executive producer Harry Ackerman, “Bewitched” ran from 1964 to 1972 on ABC and was a defining example of the genre. Its spinoff, “Tabitha” (focused on Samantha and Darren’s daughter), ran for one season.

The new film comes from producers John Davis and John Fox (“Dolemite Is My Name,” “Game Night”) with a script written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (“12 Monkeys,” “MacGyver”). Matalas has an overall deal at CBS and is currently co-running “Star Trek: Picard.” The quartet is also developing the “Witch Mountain” remake for Disney Plus.

Notably, this is not Sony’s first film adaptation of the series. In 2005, the studio released “Bewitched,” a romantic-comedy from writer-director Nora Ephron, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell as actors playing Samantha and Darrin on a remake of the classic television show.

Since its finale in 1972, “Bewitched” has been a beloved hallmark of the sitcom genre, most recently referenced in Marvel’s Disney Plus series “WandaVision,” which used the show as inspiration for its early episodes.

Matalas and Fickett are repped by ICM Partners and AJ Brandenstein at Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Matalas is also repped by David Kanter at Anonymous Content.

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