The upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot is being rewritten by Narcos screenwriters Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro. It’s not uncommon for Hollywood studios to adapt popular television shows onto the big screen. While it’s a growing trend in the industry, there’s precedent for its success. Some of the biggest movie franchises have stemmed from television, such as Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. Another popular movie series that began on the small screen but may not equate to the success of the aforementioned franchises is Charlie’s Angels.
The first Charlie’s Angels movie was released in 2000, based on the TV series of the same name that aired on ABC during the 1970s and ’80s. It was helmed by then-music video director McG (who later went on to co-create Chuck and Supernatural) and starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as the three Angels, with John Forsythe reprising his role as Charles Townsend, and Bill Murray playing Charlie’s assistant, John Bosley. Despite producing a sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, there was never a third installment. And instead of pursuing a sequel at this time, Sony Pictures has a reboot in the works.
After successfully directing Pitch Perfect 2, Elizabeth Banks signed on to helm the Charlie’s Angels reboot for Sony Pictures in 2015, based on a screenplay from Evan Spiliotopoulos. A year later, the studio hired playwright David Auburn to rewrite the script, and it appears they weren’t entirely satisfied with his work. According to The Tracking Board, Narcos co-creators Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro have signed on to rewrite the script for the Charlie’s Angels reboot, with the film likely to land a firm 2019 release date in the foreseeable future. [UPDATE: Sony has now confirmed the Charlie’s Angels reboot for a June 7th, 2019 release date.]
Long before having the opportunity to create Narcos for Netflix, Bernard and Miro worked together writing the screenplays for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and The Great Wall. They are also listed as currently working on the script for National Treasure 3, but considering this latest news, we don’t know how Charlie’s Angels will affect their commitment to that film. Aside from hiring new writers, Tracking Board also reports that Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae is one of the actresses on the studio’s wishlist to star in the reboot. Since casting has yet to begin, we recommend taking that news as merely a rumor.
Although the Charlie’s Angels franchise began on television, the last time Sony attempted to reboot the series, it ended up being canceled after only four episodes. Considering that the two previous movies raked in hefty sums at the worldwide box office, it stands to reason that rebooting the movies would be the logical option. Plus, the studio has seen recent success with producing two films based on the 21 Jump Street series, with potentially a third Jump Street movie on the way.
Source: The Tracking Board