US Version of The Slap Moves Forward With West Wing Scribe

The American remake of Australian mini-series The Slap – in which a collection of the least likeable characters in history arguing over corporal punishment and raising questions about modern day suburban class warfare became some of the most gripping and critically acclaimed television in recent memory – has been given the greenlight, with US network NBC ordering an eight-episode run of the series.

The series will be written by Jon Robin Baitz, the guy who penned a little show called The West Wing, and will be executive produced by Australia’s Tony Ayres (who showran the Australian original, directing two episodes and supervising the writing team) alongside NBC’s Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold and Baitz. Matchbox Pictures, the Australian company who produced the original series, are due to be involved in the US production.

first put The Slap into development in October 2012, securing the rights to Christos Tsiolkas‘ best-selling, award-winning, dinner party fodder novel of the same name. There’s no word on when the show will go to air, so until it does, just imagine this, but with American accents.