The 1983 comedy Mr. Mom is getting a television reboot. The film, which featured up-and-coming actor Michael Keaton as a stay-at-home dad struggling to learn the ropes of running a household, will be retooled into a streaming TV series by MGM in partnership with Walmart’s streaming service Vudu.
According to the announcement made at NewFronts West in Los Angeles, the new series will follow the grown baby daughter of Keaton from the original movie as she enters the workforce while her husband stays at home.
No creatives have been announced in conjunction with the project. The original film was directed by Stan Dragoti and written by John Hughes.
Honestly, isn’t this a concept whose time has come and gone long ago? Mr. Mom felt dated even back when it was originally released. The idea of a dad trying to manage the household while his wife – in the film’s case, Terri Garr – goes off to the workforce is more suited to a 1960s or `70s sitcom than a modestly budgeted comedy in 1983. The 1964 comedy Kisses For My President, featuring Fred MacMurray as the husband of the first female president (Polly Bergen), beat Mr. Mom to this particular punch by almost two decades and with a the wife taking on one of the most powerful jobs in the world to boot.