Late last year ABC announced that it would be remaking the popular '70s television female spy show Charlie’s Angels with Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), original Charlie’s Angels producer Leonard Goldberg and Drew Barrymore all on board to produce.
It would seem that ABC and Sony TV have now found a pair of writers with some decent credentials behind them; Al Gough and Miles Millar, the writing pair behind the first eight seasons of Smallville, are working together once again to make Friedman’s dream of a Charlie’s Angels remake a reality.
Charlie’s Angels did have a spec script written in 2004 by Carlton Cuse and John Wirth (Lost) but that script never made it past the TV execs. It would seem this time around the project will at least get through the pilot phase, and depending on who they cast as the Angels, it should get at least a partial 13 episode season.
Let’s address the casting for a moment. In the 2000 movie, the Angels were played by Lucy Liu (Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom), Cameron Diaz (Knight & Day), and Drew Barrymore, while funnyman Bill Murray (Ghostbusters III) played Bosley.
Back in November I gave my suggestions for who I thought should replace Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Farrah Fawcett (the original Angels) and those choices have not changed – Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse), Alyssa Milano, Summer Glau and Emilie Ullerup (Ashley from Sanctuary). Of course if Michael Bay were to cast the show then we could expect to see the names of lingerie models no one has ever heard of playing the lead roles (honestly, would that be a bad thing?).
I think those 4 ladies I mentioned would make a beautiful and exciting team to watch and it doesn’t hurt that all four have experience working on a TV show. The major problem with the overall announcement of a remake of Charlie’s Angels is that most TV show remakes don’t do very well and are usually cancelled after the first or second season. You don’t have to look any further then the recent failed TV remakes of Knight Rider, Bionic Woman, and V (which did recently get a second season, but popularity for the show is wavering).
As they say in Hollywood, “If at first you don’t succeed, then blame the writers and remake it.”
What are your thoughts on Smallville writers Al Gough and Miles Millar penning the pilot episode for Charlie’s Angels and who would you cast in the lead roles?
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