Deadline is reporting that a TV series based on the 1981 Bill Murray-led film Stripes is on the way. The trade says that CBS is behind the single-camera comedy, which is now in active development. They add that Ivan Reitman, who directed the movie, is attached to direct and executive produce via his the Montecito Picture Company. Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger from Whitest Kids U’Know are also behind the project, writing the script.
The series focuses on a perennial rebellious outsider who finally finds his purpose in life when he joins the U.S. military and must unite a group of ragtag eccentrics.
The original movie’s plot, which made a respective $85 million at the box-office in the early 1980s, is as follows:
Hard-luck cabbie John Winger (Bill Murray) — directionless after being fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend — enlists in the U.S. Army with his close pal, Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis). After his barely satisfactory performance in basic training, the irreverent Winger emerges as the figurehead for a ragtag band of Army misfits. However, his hijinks threaten to cause an international scandal when he inadvertently commandeers a military assault vehicle behind enemy lines.
There are no timescales as yet, but we’ll keep you posted.