It has been an amazing year for Justin Lin: the director got the chance to helm summer smash Star Trek Beyond, a process which, as he told Screen Rant in a July interview, was immensely challenging and rewarding. Though it was not an easy decision to take over the iconic franchise after J.J. Abrams’ departure, Lin proved to fans everywhere that he treasured its original source material just as much as they did. Now, the director is looking to add even more projects to his already busy schedule, albeit in a different medium: TV.
Cinemax recently ordered the pilot for Warrior, a passion project for Lin from Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper. Lin will act as executive producer for Warrior, but that’s not the only small-screen project he has lined up. The Fast and Furious director’s star continues to rise, as CBS announced that they’ve ordered a pilot for S.W.A.T., a reboot of the 1975 series of the same name which Lin will also executive produce along The Shield creator Shawn Ryan.
S.W.A.T. originally aired on ABC for two seasons in the mid-70s. The action/drama series centered on Lt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson as he led a S.W.A.T. team through perilous missions and adrenaline-fueled escapades. The series spawned a 2003 film of the same name starring Colin Farrell as new recruit Jim Street and Samuel L. Jackson as Hondo. This upcoming reboot has been ordered with a series penalty, meaning CBS will have to pay up if they choose not to air it. Lin is in talks direct the S.W.A.T. pilot, which Aaron Rashaan Thomas (Sleepy Hollow) and Neil H. Moritz will write. Ryan, Moritz, and Thomas will also join Lin as executive producers.
This is hardly Lin’s first foray into television: in recent years, the director has led production on some incredible episodes of Community and True Detective. He also executive produced and directed the pilot for Scorpion, the hacker-centric drama which heads into its third season on CBS this fall. It’s clear that Lin is the right man for this job; if anything, the only issue is whether or not CBS is the right network to air this pilot. With so many legal/crime dramas already on the Eye Network, including three incarnations of NCIS, the CBS should ensure that this S.W.A.T. reboot brings something new to the table before giving it the go-ahead — even if that means losing a good chunk of change.
Screen Rant will have more details for you on the S.W.A.T. reboot as they are made available.