Nostalgia is a hot commodity in today’s TV landscape, with reboots and revivals of various shows from the ’90s being a popular route for Hollywood to take at present. Fans have seen Boy Meets World get a sequel series in Girl Meets World, The X-Files return for new episodes with Mulder and Scully, Full House continue on with Fuller House, a long-gestating return to Twin Peaks that is soon to premiere, and a new take on MacGyver, among others. The latest nostalgic ’90s property to get a new lease on life is ReBoot, which originally aired on YTV in its native Canada and ABC stateside.
Premiering in fall 1994, ReBoot holds the distinction of being the first ever TV show created solely via CGI animation, back when that technology was still in its infancy. The series was set inside a computer, and focused on the residents of a city called Mainframe, which would find itself disrupted by both the actions of The User – the owner of the computer – and villainous viruses Hexadecimal and Megabyte. Mainframe was primarily protected by a heroic Guardian named Bob, and his pals Enzo and Dot Matrix.
ReBoot came to an end in 2001, but the number of years it spent on the air is actually a bit misleading, as only a total of 4 seasons and 48 episodes were produced in that time. Years-long breaks were taken between seasons 2 and 3, and 3 and 4, explaining the numerical oddity. ReBoot rights holder Rainmaker Entertainment originally planned to produce a trilogy of animated films reviving the franchise a few years back, but when that fell through, the company decided to reboot ReBoot as a live-action show. Check out the first official image from the project below.
The live-action ReBoot reboot was originally granted a 26-episode order by YTV back in 2015, with basically nothing heard about it since, until the above image surfaced recently. Titled ReBoot: The Guardian Code, the series reportedly began filming in February 2017, so it’s quite possible that the first episodes could hit YTV before the year comes to a close.
Details beyond that on The Guardian Code are scarce, such as who the heck the above characters are, who exactly plays them, and what – if any – story relation this new ReBoot has to the old animated version. Also unclear is why the above group of characters appears to be so hungry, with one guy holding a half-eaten banana, and another snacking on a slice of pizza. It seems that even when the fate of (presumably) Mainframe is at stake, there’s still time to stop for a bite to eat.
We’ll bring you more details on ReBoot: The Guardian Code as they become available.