Fox has tapped a recent Columbia University graduate and aspiring filmmaker to develop a show based on his viral video, Deadline.com reports.
Shawn Wines, along with producer Aaron Kaplan, will develop “Upstairs,” based on Wines’ video by the same name, which has drawn more than 2 million online views, the piece reports.
The single-camera comedy project is described as a male version of “New Girl” and centers on an average guy and his trust-fund roommate who live across the hall from a beautiful woman. The show will feature aspects of daily life in New York, the piece adds.
“This marks the first sale for Wines, whose graduate thesis short at Columbia, ‘High Maintenance,’ won a Silver medal at last year’s Student Academy Awards; landed on the Viewfinder, a Black List for aspiring filmmakers; and made the festival circuit,” the story reports. “Ironically, it was not ‘High Maintenance’ that opened the door for Wines but ‘Upstairs,’ which he wrote and directed as a side project. Kaplan’s mom actually spotted the racy video online and made him watch it. That led to the TV project, which Kaplan developed with Wines.”
Here’s the online clip of “Upstairs” — complete with plenty of four-letter words: