ABC's Uncle Buck adaptation was only announced a few days ago, and it's already in danger of getting scrapped. The families of the late John Hughes, who directed the original 1989 film, and late star John Candy, who played the titular character, have both expressed disapproval with the television adaptation in a statement released to Deadline.
"Disappointment has been expressed by both the John Hughes and John Candy families over the conduct and decision by the ABC Network and Universal Television to develop a comedy series based on the feature film Uncle Buck. Rather than either entity proving advance information to the Estates, the families learned of the project's potential via the media."
"The Families feel a strong attachment to the original film which symbolized the great and unique collaboration between Hughes and Candy. Recalling that the director was displeased with first Uncle Buck TV show effort which failed on CBS in 1990, it is well expected that he would not be supportive of this current attempt."
It's now up to ABC and Universal Television to decide whether or not to continue with the development of the series.
The situation is eerily similar to the recently proposed Say Anything redo at NBC. The director of that film, Cameron Crowe, and star, John Cusack, found out about the remake from the media and quickly objected to the adaptation. NBC killed the project less than a day later.
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