Charlie Sheen has unveiled details about his new sitcom, “Anger Management,” which will be based on the 2003 film of the same title, B&C reports.
In a statement, Sheen said: "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. 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."
While the show’s producers include former Walt Disney Studios Chairman Roth and Lionsgate Television, the project doesn’t yet have a television network signed on, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lionsgate’s distribution arm, Debmar-Mercury, will search for a TV partner, assuming Sheen can regain the trust of the television industry, the article adds.
Sheen and Roth declined to be interviewed, the Times notes. But Roth said in a statement: "Who better than Charlie Sheen to tackle ‘Anger Management.’ 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."
NBC won’t bid on the project, according to an insider, and it’s unlikely that CBS would, given its history with Sheen, who was fired from the network’s hit comedy "Two and a Half Men.” Fox and ABC didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, the Times reported.
The show will be a production of Lionsgate, headed by Television Group President Kevin Beggs and Chief Operating Officer Sandra Stern; Revolution Studios, headed by Roth and Vince Totino; Evolution Management, the production company of Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg; and Robert Maron.
Distributor Debmar-Mercury is led by co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.
Sheen will reportedly own a significant piece of the series. He and Roth have worked together on five feature films, including “Major League” and “Young Guns.”