ABC may be staying in the high profile remake business with a rebooted version of “Charlie’s Angels.”
According to Variety, ABC is close to ordering a pilot for a modern take on the classic ’70s action series, written and executive produced by Josh Friedman, who did a different sort of franchise overhaul on FOX’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
Drew Barrymore, who already updated this material as a feature film, is expected to produce in some capacity along with Leonard Goldberg, one of the original “Charlie’s Angels” producers.
The project is set up through Sony Pictures TV.
The original “Charlie’s Angels” ran from 1976-1981 and spawned a hit 2000 feature and a slightly less successful feature. If you’re looking for odd synchronicities, those movies were directed by McG, who tried his hand at the “Terminator” franchise with a sequel released shortly after FOX cancelled Friedman’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” last spring.
The Variety story offers the amusing tidbit that ABC previously attempted to bring “Charlie’s Angels” back to the small screen in 2004, ordering a script to be written by John Wirth and “Lost” co-showrunner Carlton Cuse, but no pilot was shot.
The TV terrain for big-name franchise reboots has been mixed in recent years, as ABC knows from the quick failure of “Eastwick” and the early success of “V.” “Charlie’s Angels” could, in fact, almost have been pitched as “‘Eastwick’ without with Witches.”
Nostalgia and curiosity drove audiences to the premieres of shows like “Knight Rider” and “The Bionic Woman,” but couldn’t generate even minimal interest in “Melrose Place.” The CW does, however, have a CW-sized success in its new “90210.”