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Movies invading television with 'Illusionist,' 'In Good Company'

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Two more adaptations have been added to the list of TV series based on films.

EW can confirm that a script has been ordered by The CW for a show based on the 2006 film The Illusionist, which starred Ed Norton as the titular character. The project is being written by Mark Hudis and executive produced by Ben Silverman and Bob Yari. The show comes from CBS Television Studios, Electus, and the Yari Film Group.

The TV adaptation would transplant the film from its Vienna locale to turn-of-the-20th-century New York, where a renowned illusionist has returned to his home after a 10-year stint in prison. He comes back only to discover his wife married to the crime lord who framed him. Hoping to seek revenge, he poses as a member of the crime lord’s organization and uses his illusory skills to rise through the ranks.

EW can also confirm that CBS has ordered a film-to-TV project based on the 2004 comedy In Good Company. The original film, directed by Paul Weitz, starred Dennis Quaid as a middle aged advertising executive who must contend with a much younger new boss after his company is bought out.

The show will follow a similar story to the film, focusing on an older ad executive with a younger boss who begins dating his daughter.

Weitz is actually on board the project, set to executive produce as well as co-write it with Happy Endings‘ Josh Bycel and Jon Fener. Weitz will co-produce with his brother Chris through their company Depth of Field, and Universal TV will also produce along with Andrew Maniao and Kerry Kohansky. The hybrid comedy series has been given a script commitment with penalty by CBS.

For the sake of both shows, hopefully they don’t go the way of the recently announcedand then quickly shelvedSay Anything series.

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