According to Variety, ABC is "thisclose" to green-lighting a pilot for a contemporary take on TV's classic "Charlie's Angels" - which in itself was a take on "The Mod Squad" and "The Rookies" - only this time with three hot babes. And of course, "Angels" delivered Farrah Fawcett (along with Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith) to our doorstep.
Apparently, Josh Friedman, who recently adapted the "Terminator" franchise for his Fox series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," has been hired to write and exec produce the new "Angels."
Also onboard are original "Charlie's producer Leonard Goldberg, who ignited the show with Aaron Spelling in 1976, as well as Drew Barrymore, who starred in and produced the 2000 film edition and its sequel 2003. Sony Pictures TV is the studio.
As Variety continues to reveal, Hollywood insiders said that ABC Entertainment Group topper Steve McPherson is especially fond of this new "Angels" concept.
However, as Variety also points out, the networks have found it a frequent challenge to reboot iconic franchises — and several recent attempts, such as "Knight Rider," "Melrose Place" and "The Bionic Woman" have failed to excite anyone, audiences and critics alike.
But ABC, in particular, seems pretty confident lately about classic re-dos, mainly because of the success of the new "V" show - which debuted to high ratings (if failing a little bit with its second episode).
Meanwhile, too, Sony is also busy adapting another 1970s Spelling (and Goldberg-produced) property, "Fantasy Island" — but as a reality show, along with Mark Burnett. (But No American network is attached yet.)
Spelling had attempted a revival in 1988, with something called called "Angels 88" for Fox. That series never sailed, but it ultimately led to Spelling's deal to produce the original "Beverly Hills 90210" (now also enjoying a revival, via the CW) - which itself, according to Spelling, was inspired by ABC's ground-breaking drama, "Life Goes On" (which see "Life" Story - The Book of "Life Goes On": TV's First and Best Family Show of Challenge by Herbie J Pilato).
The franchise then lay flat until 2000, when the McG-helmed "Charlie's Angels" feature, starring Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz, was a box office smash. The first film then gave birth to a second edition, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." And a third was planned - but no dice.
The 2000 "Angels" motion picture also led to an earlier attempt at a TV series revival, in 2004. That edition was penned for ABC (again, through Sony) by a pre-"Lost" Carlton Cuse and John Wirth and given a script-plus-penalty order but ultimately didn't see the light of day.
This time around, an "Angels" pilot is expected to be given the go-ahead. Friedman, Goldberg and Barrymore will exec produce with Nancy Juvonen.
Friedman's other credits include co-writing the features "War of the Worlds" and "The Black Dahlia."
Beyond "Angels" and "Fantasy Island," Goldberg was an exec producer on "Starsky and Hutch," "Hart to Hart" and "Family."
It is believed that the new "Charlie's Angels" TV series will geared toward a new generation while remaining loyal to the original series.
I'm remaining positive and hope that will be end up being a true statement.