Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine and Tony winner Matthew Broderick will star in a new TV series project for Paramount Television entitled Bettyville, according to Deadline.com.
The dramedy is an adaptation of the best-selling memoir by journalist George Hodgman. John Hoffman will write the script and will also serve as showrunner and executive producer of the potential TV series, which is currently being presented to various networks. Executive producers also include Hodgman, Archer Gray’s Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas.
Bettyville, according to the industry website, “follows George Hodgman (Broderick) after leaving Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother Betty (MacLaine). He expected to be away for only a few weeks, but life conspired to keep him there, armed with not much more than a (mostly) willing heart, a broken past to sort out, and two irascible personalities: his own, and Betty’s. The funny and heartbreaking memoir chronicles the mother-son journey, capturing truths about family, identity, and our current American landscape.”
“Paramount TV could not be in better hands than those of Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick, two incredibly versatile talents who know how to marry drama with comedy, which is at the center of this fantastic story,” Paramount TV president Amy Powell told Deadline. “We’re eager to watch as Shirley and Matthew bring these complex and captivating characters to life.”
Broderick is a Tony winner for his performances in Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Prior to her Hollywood successes, MacLaine was seen on Broadway in Me and Juliet and The Pajama Game.