LOS ANGELES — It’s official: Charlie Sheen has found a new sitcom. Now all he needs is a network to air it.
Four months after getting fired from CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” Sheen will return to TV in “Anger Management,” a sitcom adaptation of the 2003 movie. Sheen will play the character created in the movie by Jack Nicholson, a doctor with some odd therapeutic techniques.
According to the release, Sheen will retain “a significant ownership stake” in the show, whose producers will include former Disney chief and Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth.
“I chose ‘Anger Management’ because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” Sheen said. “It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth.”
Sheen had reportedly been negotiating for the project, but many of details are still forthcoming. The release sent out Monday morning does not say when filming will start or which network might air the project. The company behind the series, Debmar-Mercury, is best known as a syndicator of fare such as “The Wendy Williams Show.”
Roth and Sheen previously worked on several movie projects together, including “Major League,” one of Sheen’s biggest hits.
“Who better than Charlie Sheen to tackle ‘Anger Management,’” Roth said. “With Charlie’s incredible talent and comedic gifts, he remains the leading man of TV sitcoms. I’m excited to collaborate with him once again.”
Sheen was fired from “Two and a Half Men” in March after publicly vilifying his boss, executive producer Chuck Lorre. At the time, production had been shut down after the star had entered rehab. The producers eventually hired Ashton Kutcher to replace Sheen.
The Associated Press