This is the fact, Jack: CBS developing a series version of the 1981 hit comedy film Stripes.
The network along with Sony Pictures Television has made a deal with the film’s original director Ivan Reitman to produce — and even direct — a pilot, assuming project moves on to the next stage.
The pitch: “A perennial rebellious outsider finally finds his purpose in life when he joins the US military and must unite a group of ragtag eccentrics.”
If ordered, this would mark Reitman’s first time directing a TV series.
There’s no cast at this point (and you probably shouldn’t hold your breath for original star Bill Murray).
But the original had Murray as a smart-alecky rebel along, with Harold Ramis, Sean Young, and John Candy. The film helped pave the way for Reitman’s next movie, 1984’s blockbuster Ghostbusters, which reunited Reitman, Murray and Ramis.
The TV version has Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger working on the script while Tom Pollack and Julius Goldy Sharpe will serve as executive producers along with Reitman and producers Amie Karp and Peter Fried.