Charlie Sheen Signs For Jack Nicholson Role In Lionsgate Sitcom Project ANGER MANAGEMENT: THE SERIES!!
It should be stressed that no writer and no network is attached to “Anger Management,” a sitcom project based on the 2003 Adam Sandler comedy. Should it go to pilot, Charlie Sheen would take the Jack Nicholson therapist role.
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Los Angeles, July 18, 2011 — Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen is planning his return to series television in Anger Management, a new sitcom loosely based on Revolution Studios’ 2003 hit comedy feature of the same name.
Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury, headed by Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, will distribute the series that will be produced by Lionsgate Television, led by Television Group President Kevin Beggs and COO Sandra Stern; Joe Roth and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino; Sheen manager Mark Burg’s production company, Evolution Management; and Robert Maron.
Sheen will retain a significant ownership stake in the series inspired by the film, in which a mild-mannered, non-confrontational man is ordered to attend group anger management sessions led by a therapist who could probably use some anger management himself.
“I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” Sheen said. “It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth.”
Roth and Sheen have worked together on five features, including Major League, Young Guns and Three Musketeers. “Who better than Charlie Sheen to tackle Anger Management,” Roth said. “With Charlie’s incredible talent and comedic gifts, he remains the leading man of TV sitcoms. I’m excited to collaborate with him once again.”
Roth is also currently working with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and Ice Cube’s Cube Vision on the TBS hit Are We There Yet? It is one of three hugely successful sitcoms (along with Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet The Browns) that are the result of a unique sitcom business model created by Marcus and Bernstein. Marcus and Bernstein said in a joint statement, “Our sitcom model is all about building well-known brands around extraordinary talents like Charlie that, thanks to their large profit participation, are highly motivated to succeed. It’s not every day you can roll out a sitcom featuring the star of the biggest TV comedy of the past decade.”
"We always look for series ideas that are noisy, accessible and relevant,” said Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs. “Charlie Sheen in Anger Management takes those criteria to a whole new level and we are thrilled to be in business with him, Evolution, Debmar-Mercury and Revolution Studios on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With a star of Charlie's magnitude, a producer as venerable as Joe Roth and a branded property as compelling as Anger Management, this show has unique upside while still adhering to our disciplined business model.”
Said Burg, one of the creative forces behind Lionsgate’s SAW franchise, the most popular long-running horror franchise of all time, and a former executive producer of Two and a Half Men, “We have been fielding numerous offers for Charlie since his departure from Two and a Half Men, but none were as creatively and financially compelling as the package that Lionsgate, Debmar-Mercury, and Revolution presented us with Anger Management."
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Debmar-Mercury and Lionsgate by Sandra Stern. Sheen was represented by Jake Bloom and Leigh Brecheen of Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, Laviolette & Feldman. Revolution and Joe Roth were represented by Matt Johnson of Ziffren Brittenham LLP.
Charlie Sheen, who has starred in more than 40 feature films, catapulted to fame in such critical and commercial hits as Platoon and Wall Street. His other feature film credits include Major League, Red Dawn, Lucas, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Eight Men Out, Young Guns, Hot Shots!, Hot Shots! Part Deux, The Three Musketeers, The Chase, Money Talks, Being John Malkovich, Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4 and The Big Bounce. He also appeared in the television movies Rated X and Good Advice.
Sheen became known to television audiences through his Golden Globe Award-winning lead role in Spin City. In 2003, Sheen was cast as Charlie Harper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, which was loosely based on Sheen's bad boy image. The role garnered him an ALMA Award and three Emmy Awards, as well as two Golden Globe Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2011,
Sheen set a new Guinness World Record for Twitter as the "Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers," adding an average of 129,000 new followers per day. On March 10, 2011, Sheen announced a 22-date nationwide tour, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not An Option," which kicked off in Detroit on April 2. The tour sold out in 18 minutes, a Ticketmaster record.
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July 18, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
July 18, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST
July 18, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST
by vic twenty
A new series that unites him with Jennifer Grey. Whats she doing?
July 18, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST
July 18, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST
Charlie Sheen, only this time he's not a politician or a jingle writer, but a therapist. When's the last time the guy played anything but the slightest variation of himself? Isn't it time for a Hot Shots! reboot yet? (although nobody could fill Lloyd Bridges role)
July 18, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST
What poor aspiring screenwriter looking for his first real shot is going to get stuck writing this crap for the next umpteen years, instead of working on his dream project? *gets call on cell phone from LA area code* ...Shit.
July 18, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST
Maybe it made box office numbers at the time, but the fact that people seem to have forgotten about it should indicate a series isn't worth pursuing.
July 18, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST
by Stereotypical Evil Archer
July 18, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST
The movie has Adam Sandler in it. Do you really need an answer to this question?
July 18, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST
The suits controlling the purse-strings here are some short-sighted sons of bitches. The first episode is going to get the most viewers, and then this bitch is going to sink like the Titanic. Trust.
July 18, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST
This will be a [edited for accuracy] pile of shit. A [edited for accuracy] car wreck of epic proportions
Sorry jzm... just thought yours needed a tweak there...
July 18, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST
so who knows? Yeah, this sounds shite but maybe he has a chance at making it work. I mean, he made Terminal Velocity not only watchable, but damn funny.
July 18, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST
I can't believe it was the #1 TV comedy for so long and won all those emmys. Sheen's better in movie roles.
July 18, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST
And now he's doing a SYNDICATED show based off a crappy 2003 ADAM SANDLER movie.
July 18, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST
That's it. Not for writing or Sheen or Best Comedy.
July 18, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST
It'll be a twenty minute long show devoid of any humour just like two and half men. I cannot for the life of me figure out that shows popularity.
July 18, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST
Oh god Canadian crapness in television lives on!
July 18, 2011, 7 p.m. CST
She's wondering why getting her nose done ended her acting career.
July 18, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST
by Queefer Sutherland
Quickest cancellation of a show.
July 18, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST
July 18, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST
July 18, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST
If this show goes to series, Jack Nicholson will walk up to Charlie Sheen...and punch him in the mouth!
July 18, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST
Lionsgate split Canadian operations into Maple pictures a long time ago before becoming pretty much American. Remember Canadians started Hollywood in the first place or at least the studio system. <P> This sounds like one of those shows I won't like but will be a huge hit. Like Big Bang Theory and RANDOM My Dad Says.
July 18, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST
Just give it time folks. after a few episodes of this show and when things behind the scenes don't go Charlie's way, he'll start talking shit about the film crew again. Will it be Charlie vs. Joe Roth next? Wouldn't surprise. I hope Charlie watches his karma next time.
July 18, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
July 18, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST
Movies were turned into TV shows before. Happens all the time over the years. "Friday Night Lights" was a movie turned to a TV show. "M*A*S*H", Stephen King's "The Dead Zone", "Stargate", etc.
July 18, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST
Seriously its SHIT ... Is that what passes as comedy over there??
July 18, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST
I always thought Jon Cryer was the funniest part of the show. Charlie Sheen being Charlie Sheen only has so much humor. Cryer was the guy who actually worked for laughs (not that there are a lot of laughs on the show). Let's face it. As others have pointed out, this will just give Charlie Sheen another vehicle where he can play Charlie Sheen in another set of situations. I guess I can't blame the guy since playing himself has netted him tens of millions of dollars. The thing is that in his last two stints playing himself in sitcoms, he had a lot of good actors around him. He will need a good actor to take the Adam Sandler role.
July 18, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST
I mean, you got Charlie Sheen, a glorified douchenozzle. You got Jon Cryer, a washed up, actually never was 80's D-Lister. You got a fat ugly annoying kid. You got a fat ugly annoying mother-in-law. And a different skank-bag wannabe every week dating the glorified douchenozzle. How DOES that become a hit? Does not compute... does not compute.
July 18, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST
Countdown til Charlie burns this bridge, threatening the life of the producer who brought us such instant classics as "Angels in the Outfield" and "Jerky Boys: The Movie" begins now.
July 18, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST
Is that you John Cryer?
July 18, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST
by wattos new hat
charlie sheen is funny and could be funny as the mentor type to an angry person, i'm laughing already.
July 18, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST
by Andrew Coleman
Most of the time people will say "I caught it once on FX..." Never actually have ever met anyone who watched it and thought it was funny. The ratings system is made up of fake numbers. They use what a small group of people watch as a base. So because one dumb asshole watches T1/2M it boosts its numbers. Bull shit. So many good shows have been cancelled while that nonsense stayed on the air for years.
July 18, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST
by wattos new hat
this is one of my favoite quotes "If he's not getting something out of a performance, he'll come up and go, 'What are you, a faggot from Malibu? Were you playing too much fucking volleyball on the beach growing up?' He once said that my reaction in a shot was comparable to a 'bad Mark Hamill moment.' I said, 'Oliver, I'll take that as a compliment. Star Wars was one of my favorite movies.' - On Oliver Stone.
July 19, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST
American hero, you know it's true.
July 19, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST
What a shitty concept. No network will pick up this pilot, because they know that Sheen will ask for too much money up front. And follow up seasons will cost even more. My money is on Kutcher now.
July 19, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST
Christ... all he needs is the 'throbbing vein of doom' on his temple and he could double for Clint Eastwood!
July 19, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST
The show will probably be average sitcom BS. Charlie seems able to hold it together while filming. But man on man that set is gonna be a ZOO! Hookers running the cameras, crack on the food table. Chickens running loose and a mule.
July 19, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST
Really Adam, Which one of your suck up pals told you that kindergarden crap was even remotely funny? IT IS NOT
July 19, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST
July 19, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST
Otherwise known as Rob Schneider movies.
July 19, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST
Sure, but will it be a #1 in its timeslot, Emmy winning, 4+ seasons hit? Or a moderately popular, trashed by critics, cancelled after 1 season kind of hit?
July 19, 2011, 1 p.m. CST
Well, except for the relevant part, it's a perfect fit for TBS, I'm sorry, the TPFG network.
July 19, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST
'' 'We always look for series ideas that are noisy, accessible and relevant,' said Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs.'' That's a pretty fucking stupid statement right there.
July 19, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST
Unless it is on a network. Cable numbers will allow a low rated hit to stick around for a while which is kind of cool. But if the ratings slip below. Watch out.
July 19, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST
Noisy (overly loud that makes it impossible to ignore), accessible (simple premise to which everyone can relate), and relevant (as in most watching can say "hey, that happened to me recently"). Stay tuned for "Diarrhea: the Series".
July 19, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST
by Paul Hanlin Jr
Uh....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... *takes a breath* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
July 19, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST
July 19, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST
Well, he does like to consummate with professionals and porn stars alike. Maybe that's what he meant.
July 20, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST
Who gives a shit what ANY actor does when they're not on screen? Seriously? Why do you guys give a fuck at all? It's really astonishing...
July 21, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST
I lost interest in the article after third paragraph. Wasn't that great a movie & never sat through a full episode of 2 & 1/2 men. So I asked myself why am I reading this? Then I scrolled down to see the actual size of the excerpt I thought, lil too much meat for something that is just someones "idea" at this point. If this is just a portion of the article...dear God!
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