More details on Charlie Sheen’s next TV project: The actor officially announced his show based on the movie Anger Management — but there’s still no network on board … yet.
The show is based on the movie about a mild-mannered, non-confrontational man is ordered to attend group anger management sessions led by a therapist who could probably use some anger management himself.
“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,” Sheen said in a statement. “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.”
Sheen and Roth worked together on Major League, Young Guns and Three Musketeers. The project has several production companies attached, including Lionsgate TV, Revolution Studios and distributor Debmar-Mercury. Normally shows are announced after a network buys them, and also missing from this equation is a comedy showrunner (Chuck Lorre is presumably not interested). But going out with an announcement like this, generating press headlines, could help spark marketplace interest. After all, how can you pass up a TV show after reading quotes such as:
“Who better than Charlie Sheen to tackle Anger Management,” Roth said. “With Charlie’s incredible talent and comedic gifts, he remains the leading man of TV sitcoms. I’m excited to collaborate with him once again.”
“We always look for series ideas that are noisy, accessible and relevant,” said Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs. “Charlie Sheen in Anger Management takes those criteria to a whole new level and we are thrilled to be in business with him … 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.”
“We have been fielding numerous offers for Charlie since his departure from Two and a Half Men, but none were as creatively and financially compelling as the package that Lionsgate, Debmar-Mercury, and Revolution presented us with Anger Management,” says Sheen’s manager Mark Burg.
See? Everybody wants to be in business with Sheen. Don’t you?