Reboots: there’s no stopping ’em.
There’s a new Starsky and Hutch television series currently being prepped over at Sony Pictures Television Studios, with Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn on board to write the screenplay and possibly direct.
As per THR, Gunn will be writing and exec producing the “character-driven hourlong procedural” alongside his brother and cousin, Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn respectively. There’s a possibility James will direct if scheduling allows.
Also attached as executive producers are Original Film’s Pavun Shetty and Sony’s Neal Moritz, the latter of whom has a resume of reboots that include the recent Prison Break revival, the 21 Jump Street movies, and an upcoming series reboot of S.W.A.T..
No script has been crafted as yet; this remains a pitch for now. The project is currently being shopped out to broadcasters, streaming services and cable networks.
Following Southern California detectives David Michael Starsky and Brooklyn transplant Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson, life for Starsky and Hutch began as an ABC movie of the week in 1975. David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser led the 92-episode run that followed until ’79, when increasing production costs, Glaser’s desire to move on, and dropping ratings brought the series to an end.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson starred in a feature film adaptation in 2004. Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), the film received generally positive reviews and grossed $US170.2 million from a production budget of $US60 million.
Gunn is on board to write and direct Marvel’s third Guardians of the Galaxy movie and is an executive producer on Avengers: Infinity War.