We say “really”, but that probably should be “reality”, for owners of the rights to the 1986 Dangerfield comedy Back to School have different plans from the typical Hollywood remake.

Yes, as you may have guessed from all our use of “real” there, they plan to turn Back to School into a reality TV show.


MGM is apparently working on a “docu-series” about college students who end up with their parents as their classmates, and the invariable clashes and such that ensue.

As Dangerfield fans will know, that’s the basic premise of his Back to School. His son was heading for dropout town, so he stepped in, enrolled at his school, started throwing money around, and basically became king of the campus.

“I am so excited to take the premise of one of my favourite films into the unscripted world,” Barry Poznick of MGM told Variety. “Rodney was a comedic genius and his spirit is very much in the DNA of our show’s approach to a dual fish-out-of-water comedic format for audiences to experience along with our parents and kids. I love that grown-ups are going back to school and we are able to capture this with our new series.”

While it sounds like Mr Dangerfield is getting some respect there, we’re not sure that this is how to show it. Still, his widow, Joan Dangerfield, is involved with the project.