Get ready for another reboot of a classic TV show on your screens. This time however, it’s arguably one of the most iconic buddy shows from the 1970s, and it’s being prepped by James Gunn. The man behind Guardians of the Galaxy is reported to be preparing – and possibly directing – a new version of Starsky and Hutch.
The original show starred David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser as Detectives Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson and David Starsky, and become synonymous with the 70s and the proliferation of TV cop shows at the time. It was created by William Blinn and produced by the prolific Spelling-Goldberg Productions. Starsky and Hutch ran 4 seasons and 94 episodes. broadcasting between April 1975 and May 1979 on the ABC network. The show was distributed worldwide and became remarkably well-known and loved outside of the U.S. itself. The jazzy theme-tune and constantly drifting bright red Ford Grand Torino, all contributed to the success of the show as much as the sometimes-gritty storylines and the chemistry between the two leads. Although there has been a comedic take of the show in film form, it’s never been brought back to the TV screen in any way since then.
THR is reporting that Sony Pictures Television Studio is currently preparing to film a reboot of the Starsky and Hutch TV show. Gunn is attached to the project and being tapped to write the script and potentially direct the pilot – although this would depend on his availability and commitments. His brother Brian Gunn, and cousin Mark Gunn, are also said to be working on the script alongside him. All three of them are also executive-producing with Sony-based Neal Moritz and his Original Film banner topper Pavun Shetty. At this point in the project, the reboot is said to be a “character-driven hour-long procedural”. Apparently the production has been developed in secret since last year, and is only now being promoted and offered out to potential bidders.
As previously mentioned, Starsky and Hutch was given a brief reboot, via the 2004 film that shared the name of the show. That movie starred Ben Stiller as Starsky and Owen Wilson as Hutch, along with Snoop Dogg as informant Huggy Bear. Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), it took place in the same era as the original TV series and acted as an origin story, playing up the clashes between its main characters for comic effect. Although it didn’t do well critically, the movie still racked up $170m worldwide and revived a nostalgic interest in the original show.
Starsky and Hutch is one of several TV show reboots currently in the works, with ABC also developing a live-action take on The Jetsons, while NBC is reviving The Munsters and Miami Vice. Gunn’s involvement with such an iconic show makes this a particularly promising concept, especially if he can bring some of his Guardians humor to the buddy-cop formula. It should noted that the whole project is purely at development stage at the moment, existing mostly as a pitch with no working script as yet. Gunn has even tweeted out a warning saying:
Lots of misinformation about Starsky & Hutch TV show out there so be wary of what you read! More to come soon,
With those words in mind, Gunn’s apparent involvement and the possible revival of a much-loved show, means that we will eagerly monitor for any further news of Starsky and Hutch as it becomes available.
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