Image copyright ABC c.1975
For anyone who’s ever watched the buddy-cop programme, Starsky & Hutch, and wanted a fresh take on the series, then you’re in for some good news as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed James Gunn has signed on to (probably direct) a reboot.
Yes, that James Gunn.
Amazon made the announcement that they have already “begun development of a one-hour procedural for Prime Video that will serve as a continuation of the original series and deconstruct the buddy-cop genre.”
And whilst James Gunn may be directing it, it’ll be his family, Brian and Mark, who will apparently write the screenplay for the series (their previous work includes Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).
For anyone not clued in on who or what Starsky & Hutch is…er…was, the show centered around two detectives, the streetwise David Michael Starsky (played by Paul Michael Glaser) and the no-nonsense, by-the-book Kenneth Richard Hutchinson aka “Hutch” (played by David Soul), who tore up the streets of the fictitious Bay City, California taking down drug dealers, muggers, and other low-lives in their Ford Gran Torino.
The series was adapted into a movie in 2004 starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (as Starsky and Hutch respectively).
In a press statement on the acquisition, Joe Lewis, Amazon’s head of comedy, drama, and VR, said;
“Chekhov said if you have a gun in the room, it’s going to go off. We can’t wait to see what three Gunns do with Starsky & Hutch.”
James Gunn stated how
“[when I was a kid] Starsky & Hutch was the first ‘adult’ show I ever saw, and I fell in love.
It instilled in me a lifelong love of gritty street shows, of killer ‘70s threads, and muscle cars.
So when Neal Moritz [producer at Sony Pictures] asked me if I wanted to be a part of an all-new Starsky & Hutch on TV, I was instantly intrigued.
I teamed up with the two writers I trusted most in the world to work with us, my brother Brian Gunn and my cousin Mark Gunn and together we came up with a show that I’m really proud of.
At Amazon, I believed we would have the most freedom to create something that is different, challenges the audience, and that strays outside the parameters of the genre from time to time.”
As great as it may be to have James Gunn on board for the show, considering how excellent the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are, that last line has me second guessing things a little – something that challenges the audience?
More often than not that means “we’re going to create something that many people won’t get.”
Hopefully, that won’t be the case and with any luck, this will open up the doors to more true-to-source adaptations of other classic ‘70s/’80s iconic TV shows – I think the world needs a good A-Team revision.
As of time of press, there is no release date confirmed for the Starsky & Hutch reboot or actors attached to it, but at least we know the music will be frickin’ awesome!