Published by Warner/Chappell Music, the song spent 35 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 — including multiple weeks at No. 1. The track has been licensed on multiple shows, including Orange Is the New Black, Family Guy and Sesame Street.
"It’s been more than a decade since 'Hey There Delilah' was released, and people always ask me about it. A whole lot of people really connected with that song, and I’m very proud of that," Higgenson said. "I’m so excited to have an opportunity to give a new generation the chance to form their own connection with the song, and fall in love with its story through this new project.”
Higgenson came up with the concept for the TV foray alongside writer Desmon (Pump Up the Volume) and Lively McCabe's Michael Barra. Desmon will pen the script. Primary Wave's Deb Klein is attached to produce.
"'Hey There Delilah' is a perfect example of an iconic story song that has introduced characters and a premise to a massive multigenerational audience, and is begging to be expanded into a full-length story for contemporary television audiences," says Lively McCabe Entertainment co-president Barra. "Lively McCabe is thrilled to be working with Tom, Deb and Jeremy to bring it to life on the screen."
Higgenson, Dave Tirio and Ken Fletcher formed the Plain White T in 1997; their hit "Hey There Delilah" was certified platinum in 2007. The track earned two Grammy nominations, or song of the year and best pop performance by a duo or group. The band also was nominated for a Tony this year for the song "BFF," as part of the score for SpongeBob SquarePants. Primary Wave's Klein serves as manager.
Lively McCabe Entertainment, overseen by Barra and co-founder Katie Dietz, specializes in packaging and adapting IP into new stories for theater, film, TV and book publishing. The company is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Jackoway Tyerman.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.