Roswell is being rebooted by The CW. In 1999 the series Roswell first aired. It ran for three seasons, first on The WB and later on UPN. The series was based on a ten book series by Melinda Metz called Roswell High. Part science fiction and part teen romance, the books told the story of several aliens living as human teenagers, and the humans they both fell in love with and befriended, all the while trying to evade evil aliens and humans who were looking for the extraterrestrial teens.
The series started off similarly to the books, with the alien Max using his ability to manipulate matter to save the life of his classmate Liz after she is shot. After that, the TV series created much of its own mythology, deviating in numerous ways from the books. It starred many young actors who have continued to be seen both on TV and in film, including Katherine Heigl, Colin Hanks, Adam Rodriguez, Emilie de Raven, Majandra Delfino, Nick Wechsler Brendan Fehr, Shiri Appleby, and Jason Behr.
Now Deadline is reporting that The CW is rebooting the series. The new Roswell will be a complete re-imagining of the previous TV series, though once again based on the Roswell High books. It’s being written and executive produced by Carina Adly MacKenzie of The Originals.
The description of the new series says that it’s about a woman who is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who reluctantly returns to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico – where she runs into her former crush who is now a police officer. Then she learns that he is an alien who has kept his powers hidden. But when various threats – both human and alien – reveal themselves, it threatens both his safety and their new romance.
Two of the biggest changes to the series are already known. The first is that the characters will be adults and not teenagers. And the second is that the woman – who presumably represents the character Liz – is the daughter of undocumented immigrants. The role was originally played by Shiri Appleby.
A show about aliens living on Earth with super powers will certainly fit in well on The CW among the numerous fantasy shows like Supernatural and the various Arrowverse series. And with Roswell being a reboot, MacKenzie will be able to decide which pieces of mythology from both the books and the original series that she wants to use – if any – and what new rules and characters she wants to establish. Keep an eye on Screen Rant for the latest news and updates on the upcoming Roswell series as they become available.
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