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Amazon Nabs James Gunn's 'Starsky and Hutch' Reboot

03 September 2017

The show focused on undercover detectives David Michael Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Richard "Hutch" Hutchinson (David Soul) as they kept order in the fictional southern California town Bay City in their 1976 Ford Gran Torino.

James Gunn is producing a new Starsky & Hutch show at Amazon, and the Guardians of the Galaxy director has now revealed that it will not be a reboot but rather a continuation of the original series. The streaming service will co-produce with Sony Pictures TV, which announced last week that they were developing the project.

Making the announcement via his Facebook page, Gunn says, "I started writing down some outlandish ideas for how we would handle Starsky & Hutch today - ideas that would be exciting and different and not at all what people expect. It instilled in me a lifelong love of gritty street shows, of killer 70's threads, and muscle cars", Gunn wrote. "So when Neal-the producer of the ' Fast and Furious' franchise-asked me if I wanted to be a part of an all new "Starsky and Hutch" on TV, I was instantly intrigued".

He teamed up with his brother Brian and cousin Mark, the two writers he trusts more than any others, and together that came up with a series that the Guardians of the Galaxy director is proud of. James Gunn may direct a potential pilot should the drama move forward at Amazon and it works with his busy schedule.

The project will mark the first dive into television for Gunn's production company, Troll Court Entertainment. "We can't wait to see what three Gunns do with Starsky & Hutch", stated Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. "And it would definitely not be a spoof like the 2004 ' Starsky & Hutch' movie-it would be gritty and driven by both characters and high stakes". The series was created by William Blinn and produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg's Spelling-Goldberg Productions.

In 2004, Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover) adapted the show into a movie, but it was nearly a spoof of the original TV series rather than a proper adaptation of it. Phillips' version was a success at the box office, grossing $170 million worldwide on a $60 million budget. The film grossed $170.2 million worldwide.

The TV reboot is described as a character-driven hour- long procedural. The CW will also launch a female-led reboot of Dynasty. NBC also recently ordered a rebooted version of "The Munsters" and "Miami Vice", while ABC has ordered a live-action "Jetsons" series.

Amazon Nabs James Gunn's 'Starsky and Hutch' Reboot