The very title of the TV show Father Knows Best sets it in a different time, when TV dads wore fedoras and dispensed wise advice from their throne at the dinner table. Like Leave it to Beaver, it's hard to imagine why on earth anyone would try to revive the property for a modern audience.

But as I keep trying to remind myself, there's nothing that can't be remade, so New Regency and Fox are going ahead with a movie version of Father Knows Best. Variety reports that Chad and Dara Creasey will write the script, turning the story into a tale of a new father and his old-fashioned dad, who clash over parenting styles when grandpa comes to move in. I'm picturing a Cheaper by the Dozen type of loud comedy involving pratfalls and bright colors. Is there any other kind of family comedy these days?

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