Is Michael J. Fox planning a full-time return to primetime television?
The 51-year-old star, best known for his roles in the "Back To The Future" movies and the sitcoms "Family Ties" and "Spin City," and Sony Pictures Television are developing a comedy project inspired by the actor's life and tentatively set to launch in 2013, Vulture reported on Wednesday, August 15.
Fox's spokesperson had no immediate comment about the matter. It is unclear if the actor plans to appear on the show himself. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the largest private funder of Parkinson's disease research worldwide.
During the past three years, Fox has had guest and recurring spots on shows such as CBS' "The Good Wife," HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and FX's "Rescue Me." He told ABC News in May that he had in recent months returned to acting more regularly as a result of a new drug regimen that helps control his tics.
Vulture reported that Will Gluck, the director of the 2010 Emma Stone comedy movie "Easy A," and Sam Laybourne, a writer for the shows "Cougar Town" and "Arrested Development," are attached to Fox's new comedy project. They have not commented.
Fox made his on-screen debut on an episode of the show "The Beachcombers" in 1973. His breakout role came in 1982, when he began playing charming Young Republican high schooler Alex P. Keaton on the comedy series "Family Ties," which ended in 1989.
He became even more famous when he appeared in the 1985 sci-fi movie "Back To The Future" as time-traveling teenager Marty McFly. The film became a cult hit and spurred two sequels.
Fox went on to star in films such as "Doc Hollywood" in 1991 and "The American President" in 1995. He also provided the voice of the dog Chance in the "Homeward Bound" films, the title character in the "Stuart Little" movies and Milo in Disney's 2001 animated movie "Atlantis: The Lost Empire." He also appeared in the sci-fi comedy film "Mars Attacks!," which was released in 1996.
That year, he returned to television full-time in 1996 with the comedy series "Spin City," playing New York City's deputy mayor. He quit the ABC show in 2000, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and focus on finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. Charlie Sheen then joined the series.
Fox continued to act sporadically and in 2006, he played the recurring role of Daniel Post on the legal comedy "Boston Legal."
He has also appeared on talk shows and events to talk about his work with his foundation. In November, he delighted "Back To The Future" fans at a Parkinson's disease fundraiser by performing "Johnny B. Goode," the song his character sings and plays on electric guitar in the first movie in the franchise.