After debuting in the 1970s and becoming a hit television series, Charlie’s Angels, the show focusing on a team of three female private detectives, has been rebooted twice. In 2000, the series received a big-screen reboot directed by McG that starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. However, the sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, was poorly received and ended the franchise.
Then, ABC attempted to reboot the series on television, but the new Charlie’s Angels was cancelled after four episodes. Now, though there have been three iterations of Charlie’s Angels, Sony Pictures is looking to reboot the franchise again for the big screen.
THR is reporting that Sony has tapped Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) to produce the new Charlie’s Angels, and she is in negotiations to direct. Banks’ husband and producing partner Max Handelman (Pitch Perfect 1 and 2) will produce as well, and the studio will begin searching for a writer to pen the script.
Banks made her feature directorial debut on this summer’s box office hit Pitch Perfect 2 for Universal Pictures, the sequel to 2011’s Pitch Perfect that she produced and starred in. Though Universal has already announced Pitch Perfect 3 is in the works, Banks has not been confirmed to return to direct. She is, however, attached to direct the studio’s adaptation of the YA fantasy novel Red Queen.
The big-screen reboot of Charlie’s Angels was largely unable to recapture the success of the original series, though both films performed well at the box office despite lukewarm (or worse) reviews. Additionally, ABC’s TV revival drew criticism for not offering enough of a different take on the premise. Indeed, given the number of remakes, reboots and revivals in Hollywood, this new iteration of Charlie’s Angels may seem like an ill-advised another attempt to tap into a franchise that’s run out of creative fuel.
That being said, Banks has so far proven to have an eye for female-driven comedy – that is, if Sony goes the comedic route – both in her career as an actress and her work on Pitch Perfect 2. If this new version can appeal to old and new audiences while also offering something different (enough) from the previous reboots and original series, a new Charlie’s Angels movie could find success with critics and moviegoers. However, that remains to be seen since the reboot is still in the early stages of development.
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Charlie’s Angels is currently in development; stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information as it becomes available.