NBC Hopes to Smarten Up With 'Real Genius'

NBC has given a script commitment to a comedy series based on the 1985 Val Kilmer movie Real Genius, Deadline reports.

Craig DiGregorio (Workaholics) and David King (Parks and Recreation) wrote the script, described as "a present-day reboot of the cult film, set as a workplace comedy."

The show will focus on the relationship between a "rock star-like" genius -- the character portrayed by Kilmer in the film -- and his naive co-worker.

Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl) directed the 1985 original, which centered on student scientists Chris Knight (Kilmer) and Mitch (Gabriel Jarret) who worked on a laser when they weren't goofing and pulling pranks. Eventually, their adviser swipes the weapon, which prompts them to use their smarts to get it back.

The series is produced by Sony TV, a sister company to TriStar, released the film.

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