There’s been a number of overseas shows being adapted for US audiences recently—we posted the trailers for two of them just the other day—and now here’s another one to add to the pile. FX has picked up Wilfred, a remake of the acclaimed Australian series about “an introvert who struggles to find social and professional happiness, until he meets ‘Wilfred’”, his attractive next door neighbor’s Australian Shepherd. To everyone else, Wilfred is a dog, but to the introverted Ryan (played by Elijah Wood), Wilfred is a man dressed in a dog suit. Wilfred is “Ryan’s alter-ego intent on pushing Ryan out of his shell,” or as described by series showrunner David Zuckerman (co-developer of Family Guy), he’s “part Australian Shepherd, part Russell Crowe on a bender”.
The series was developed by Zuckerman, who also wrote the pilot. Jason Gann, co-creator of the original show, is reprising his role as Wilfred. FX has ordered 13 episodes based off the pilot, set to premiere summer 2011. [Ain't It Cool, Deadline, The Live Feed]
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Did you know: Lionsgate made a sequel to the 2005 film Waiting…? You know, the restaurant comedy (ala Clerks) that starred Ryan Reynold, Anna Faris, and Justin Long? Well Lionsgate released a direct-to-dvd sequel this week which stars none of the aforementioned actors. Like most of these cash-grab dvd-sequels, Still Waiting… probably isn’t worth your time. The comments on the IMDb message board range from “Horrible” to “just incredibly average” to “The best part of the movie was the rap at the credits”. The film is directed by Producer Jeff Balis, who some might remember from the Project Greenlight tv series (if I remember correctly, he was the guy who almost got fired on the set of Stolen Summer by Producer Chris Moore). /Film reader Jon-Anthony N sent over trailer, which is embedded after the jump.
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UPDATE: I just remembered that a song by the Caucasian rap-Caucasian dreadlock-soft metal ’90s band 311 is contained therein. 311 in 2008!?! I am now marking the film down to a 3.5/10.