CBS Nabs Comedy From ‘Horrible Bosses’ Writers As Put Pilot Based On Movie

In a very competitive situation with all four networks buying the project in the room, CBS has landed a single-camera comedy from Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein with a big put pilot commitment. The project, titled Punching Out, from 20th TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, is in the vein of R-rated 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses, about friends who conspire to murder their awful bossesthe movie grossed $210 million worldwide. Punching Out revolves around thirtysomething guys who hate their jobs and make a pact to go back to when they were happiest — working at the mall. Daley and Goldstein are writing and will executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.

Daley and Goldstein, repped by UTA and by Hansen Jacobson, are writing the planned Horrible Bosses sequel and also penned the upcoming Sony animated feature Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2. The two also just sold comic pitch The Bus Driver to New Line, the studio behind Horrible Bosses and the Daley and Goldstein-penned Burt Wonderstone, for 7-figures. The duo are planning to debut as feature directors on their comedy Vacation. Daley comes from acting background. He co-stars on Fox’s long-running dramedy Bones and got his break on Freaks And Geeks.

Comments (14)

  • I can only repeat my comment from the “12 Monkeys” TV series announcement:

    Originality marches on . . . .

    Comment by CynicalCritic — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 10:44am PDT  
  • Glad to see them bringing their comedic bland to TV. I mean, brand.

    Comment by Bill C. — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 10:59am PDT  
  • So is every TV pilot that’s not been picked up a “competitive situation” now when it’s eventually picked up?

    Comment by M — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 11:02am PDT  
  • Really not a fan of John Francis Daley. I am still not convinced he pulls his weight in the writing partnership and that Jonathan Goldstein brought him on board to bounce ideas with. Either way as a team they’re writing is really on the nose and skewed toward cock jokes.

    Comment by Hack Central — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 11:19am PDT  
    • No one considers John Francis Daley to be a writer. He’s a poor actor who is trading on nostalgia for a show he was on. He writes dick jokes, and bad ones at that.

      Comment by dofs — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 12:26pm PDT  
      • He is definitely a good actor. He and TJ Thyne are far more appealing than David Boreanaz on Bones. I mean, Freaks and Geeks, nuff said. Managed to hold his own, and occasionally outshine, Bradley Cooper in Kitchen Confidential. And there’s nothing wrong with dick jokes! The League is loaded (heh heh, loaded) with them, and is the best comedy on TV IMHO. I thought Horrible Bosses was a very funny movie. Colin Farrell’s dialogue in that? Pure genius. The whole Dean Jones/Herbie the Love Bug joke? Truly inspired. And he has accomplished so much, and he’s not even 30 yet! And he’s a really nice guy to boot. Congrats John, I really hope this goes to series. If I had to pick one CBS comedy this year, this would be it.

        Comment by Zachary — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 4:46pm PDT  
  • The success of horrible bosses seems like a fluke. Good concept. Decent cast. But the writing totally failed to deliver on the promise of the premise. It was one giant puss out. No death. No murder. Remember when a movie like throw mama from the train dated to actually go fully dark and edgey? What was horrible bosses’ definition of edgy? Sexualizing the bland Anniston? Whatever. I think some movies make money because the idea is relatable. Not because the film itself has much merit.

    Comment by JJ — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 11:36am PDT  
    • Did you actually see Horrible Bosses? Kevin Spacey’s character shoots and kills Colin Farrell’s in his driveway. I think that qualifies as pretty dark.

      Comment by Clay — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 11:48am PDT  
      • One boss killing another boss is not the point of the movie here. And I don’t think one murder in a comedy makes it “pretty dark”… have you seen any movies for the last 40 years? That’s not “pretty dark” it’s “flirting with dark” at best.

        Comment by chaz — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 11:05am PDT  
  • First of all, they are not writing Horrible Bosses 2. They got fired off of that. Secondly, their inexperience as directors resulted in vacation being put on hold because, as directors, they couldn’t fix their own terrible script. Thirdly, good luck in tv, the project sounds fun.

    Comment by Bob — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 12:45pm PDT  
  • Had the pleasure of meeting John Francis Daley last year. Really cool guy, one of the best child actor success stories. Can’t find enough nice things to say about him. Good luck John!

    Comment by Zachary — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 1:03pm PDT  
  • If they are abandoning the “kill the bosses” concept and going with “let’s go back to working at the mall”, isn’t that less a remake than a bad concept trying to tag along on the good will of an okay-but-not-great movie?

    And when will Hollywood figure out that turning movies, especially premise-driven comedies, into television series rarely works out well?

    Comment by Ken — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 2:05pm PDT  
  • These dudes are nice and awesome. Its great to get to see talented, good guys get major momentum

    Comment by daniel franzese — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 5:36pm PDT  
  • Bang on the money. These guys have an incredible agent and spin team.

    Comment by Yuuup — Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 6:38am PDT  

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