News of an upcoming reboot is pretty much a daily occurrence in Hollywood now, as studios look to find new life in properties they already own and potentially appeal to an already built-in audience of fans. While a TV spin-off used to happen fairly soon after its big screen source material premiered in theaters, the newest crop of series often continue or re-imagine stories from decades-old movies.
Upcoming pilots run the gamut of genres, with reboots in the works based on 1991 Bill Murray comedy, What About Bob? as well as 90s erotic thriller, Single White Female , and iconic 80s dark comedy, Heathers. The networks have also been investing in the action genre, with an upcoming Behind Enemy Lines TV reboot at FOX joining the currently airing Lethal Weapon and USA’s Shooter.
CBS is hoping to join in with plenty of guns, bullet-proof vests, and utility belts by partnering with Sony Pictures Television and picking up the pilot for a reboot of 2003 movie S.W.A.T. The all-star original cast included Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, and Jeremy Renner. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the TV series will focus on a native Los Angeles S.W.A.T. lieutenant who struggles between loyalty to his local connections and his squad of fellow officers. Their elite unit is considered “the last stop for solving crimes in L.A.”
The series will be written and produced by Aaron Thomas (Sleepy Hollow, Southland), and he’ll be joined in production duties by Shawn Ryan (Timeless, The Shield), and Neal Moritz, who produced the 2003 version of S.W.A.T. Justin Lin, whose resume includes directing and producing for the Fast & Furious franchise, Star Trek Beyond, and the Scorpion TV series, will be overseeing the S.W.A.T. series as a producer and directing its pilot.
Considering the new show will actually be a reboot of a reboot, it’s hard not to think this might be running over the same ground one too many times. However, unlike the CW’s Frequency remake, which has a very specific plotline, S.W.A.T. can operate like the more expansive realms of buddy comedies and procedural dramas. It will likely use a few elements from its source materials to cash in on the name recognition, then create a more modern and unique spin on the subject. With Lin involved, the show will hopefully set itself apart with some incredible, over-the-top action sequences that will be worth tuning in every week for.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates on this upcoming series.