'Runaway' Creator to Bring 'Maid in Manhattan' to ABC
'Runaway' Creator to Bring 'Maid in Manhattan' to ABC
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
If you liked Jennifer Lopez traipsing like Cinderella with Ralph Fiennes in the 2002 romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan, then you are going to like what ABC is cooking up.  Chad Hodge, creator of the short-lived CW drama Runaway, is currently in negotiation with the network for the TV version of the $100 million-grossing feature.

The prospective hour-long dramedy will not be an exact reproduction of Maid in Manhattan, which featured Marisa Ventura (Lopez), a struggling single mom who's working at the upscale Manhattan hotel, where a wealthy politician meets her and falls in love after he mistakes her for a socialite.

"The show is a different maid in a different Manhattan," Hodge said.

The adaptation will follow a young Latina who is also working on a swanky hotel and trying to make it, but instead of focusing on just one romantic storyline, this one will focus mostly on her relationships with co-workers.

"While the hotel's clientele is an obvious part of this world, I'm more interested in the downstairs part of 'Upstairs, Downstairs,' " Hodge said, in reference to the classic British series.

The creator of the canceled Runaway was offered the task by Maid in Manhattan's executive producer Joe Roth and president of Nina Lederman, president of Joe Roth Television.  Following the cancellation of Runaway in 2006, Hodge said yes to the project, as he had written a couple of ABC Family romantic comedies himself.

"I imagine being a writer in Hollywood is often very similar to being a maid in Manhattan," he said, while revealing that Lopez had been “a fountain of ideas” who will be “integral in the pilot and series.”

If it pushes through, the adaptation will be the second ABC series with a Latina lead, after Ugly Betty and America Ferrera

-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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