Charlie Sheen to star in 'Anger Management' comedy show?
Charlie Sheen could be making a return to television, but first a production company must find someone who wants to be in charge of the troubled star.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that moviemaker Joe Roth, who has produced films like "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Alice in Wonderland," is working on a television adaptation of the 2003 Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson film "Anger Management."
Roth reportedly wants to cast Sheen in the new series and is negotiating with Lionsgate to finance and distribute the show. The actor has committed to doing the show, according to the industry paper, but the trouble is finding a quality showrunner to work with Sheen. If the right person is found, the show will work a pilot in time for consideration for the fall 2012 season.
In the series, Sheen would be playing a revamped version of Jack Nicholson's character, an ex-athlete who advises people on how to deal with anger issues.
Sheen was fired from "Two and a Half Men," one of CBS' most successful comedy shows, in March following months of personal turmoil and a slew of on-air rants against the program's co-creator.
The fate of his "Two and a Half Men" character, party-loving bachelor Charlie Harper, remains unclear. Recent reports said he may be killed off the series, which has since cast Ashton Kutcher but has not specified his role. A spokesperson for the network declined comment. Warner Bros. Television and Sheen have not responded.
The production company had said in its termination letter that Sheen had "been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill." Sheen called his firing "illegal" and later sued CBS and Warner Bros. Television for $100 million over his firing. The case will be sent to a private arbitrator, who will decide how the case will proceed, and will not go to trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled on June 15.
Lorre and the program's production company, Warner Bros., were ordered by the court to file a status report of the proceedings before the arbitrator on or before Nov. 30. and the case is set to be reviewed two days later, according to legal documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.