By Zorianna Kit
LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) — Universal Pictures-based Jersey Films has optioned the feature film rights to the The Bugaloos, Sid and Marty Krofft’s 1970-72 psychedelic Saturday morning series on NBC.
The live-action puppet production followed the antics of a group of teenage insects — Joy, Harmony, IQ and Courage — who formed a rock group called the Bugaloos. Band members spoke in English dialects and hung out with their firefly friend Sparky, who often got into trouble with the group’s nemesis Benita Bizarre, a tone-deaf witch living inside a jukebox.
Kerry Brown and Russell Scott have been hired to write the screenplay, which will be produced by Jersey partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, along with Sid and Marty Krofft. Randy Pope, executive vp production for the Kroffts, will executive produce.
Jersey production vp Kevin Hardesty and creative executive Adrienne Biddle will supervise development of the project.
“We’re fortunate that many of the people who grew up on our stuff now want to work with us, “Marty Krofft told The Hollywood Reporter. “Stacey Sher has more Krofft memorabilia on her desk than I have in my house!”
Other Krofft TV projects in development around town for features include H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost. both at Sony Family Entertainment, and Family Affair at Warner Bros.
Jersey Films next releases filmmaker Kasi Lemmons’ The Caveman’s Valentine starring Samuel L. Jackson.