*ABC is teaming with Will Packer to develop a single-camera comedy based on the 1976 feature film “Car Wash,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The network describes its version as a workplace comedy that explores the family we build in order to survive — as seen through one kid’s determination to create his own destiny, one man’s struggle to accept who he has become and the bonds they form at an iconic Hollywood destination: Deluxe Car Wash.
Kenny Leon (“Hairspray Live,” “The Wiz Live,” “She’s All That”) is on board to direct the pilot, should “Car Wash” move forward, and also would co-executive produce.
Packer and his Will Packer Productions head Korin D. Huggins will executive produce via their Universal Television-based banner. Kelly Meyer, Eric Carlson and Susan Carlson also will exec produce, reuniting the trio with Universal Television after their short-lived NBC medical drama “Heartbeat.”
Rob Horn (“Partners,” “Living Single”) and Matt Claybrooks (“Single Ladies,” “The Game,” “Everybody Hates Chris”) will write the script for the project.
For Packer, the project marks the “Ride Along” and “Straight Outta Compton” producer’s latest TV series and reboot after ABC’s short-lived “Uncle Buck” and A&E’s “Roots.”
The original “Car Wash” film, from director Michael Schultz, followed a group of employees at an Los Angeles car wash. George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Garrett Morris and the Pointer Sisters were among the cast.
Watch the trailer, below: