"Meet the Parents" scribe revisits family chaos

Mon Nov 3, 2008 12:49pm EST
 
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The co-writer of "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" is developing an NBC comedy that shares some similarities with his hit movies.

"Changing Positions," from Jim Herzfeld, centers on a Wall Street guy in his late 30s who loses everything and is forced, along with his wife and their teen kids, to move in with his parents. They are a sexually active couple who live in a Hollywood Hills compound after amassing a fortune making (and starring in) instructional sex videos.

"They're moving into a pretty cool place," Herzfeld said. "The challenge is raising a family the way you want to raise them around grandparents who don't have the same values you have, who have no filter when it comes to their sexuality and don't think twice before skinny dipping in the pool with the kids around."

"Meet the Parents" and its sequel starred Ben Stiller as a hapless family man who endured uncomfortable encounters with his parents and in-laws. The films inspired several TV series, including CBS' "Worst Week" and NBC's reality show "Meet My Folks."

"I guess it's flattering, in a way," said Herzfeld, who worked on such sitcoms as "Married ... With Children" and "Doctor Doctor" before transitioning to features.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter