Starsky & Hutch, The Dukes of Hazzard, CHIPS, and The Green Hornet are all classic action shows that have been rebooted as theatrical releases that have flopped. They made fun of the original series that many fans grew to love, and many were unwatchable. Now, in a second chance, Amazon is teaming up with James Gunn to relaunch Starsky & Hutch, and in a twist, it will be a continuation of the original television show that aired in the 1970s.
Teaming up with Sony Pictures Television Studios, the new series will be driven by the characters. Airing in one-hour episodes, the biddy cop genre will be deconstructed in a similar way that Gunn has approached science fiction with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Originally created by William Blinn, the original series aired on ABC from 1975 through 1979. It was produced by Spelling-Goldberg and centered on three characters. Two detectives and a red Ford Gran Torino with a white stripe. Starsky and his partner Hutch traversed the streets of Bay City, California, a fictional town.
James Gunn is not only bringing his production company, Troll Court Entertainment, into his first try at television, but he is bringing family too. While James will produce, he is bringing his writing partners, Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn along with him. Both Brian and Mark will handle most of the writing, basing the series on an idea from the mind of James.
Amazon Studios head of comedy, drama, and VR, Joe Lewis, is excited to have the Gunns working on Starsky & Hutch, and cannot wait to see what they have planned. Sony Pictures Television Studios co-president Jason Clodfelter is in the same boat. He says Sony is thrilled to be teaming up with Amazon. And Clodfelter made a statement that should make fans of the original show happy. He said that the Gunns surpassed the studio’s expectations, and paid respect to the 1970s series.
James Gunn is a fan of the original series, and that should be a benefit when relaunching the series. He commented that it was the first adult type show he remembers seeing and he fell in love with it and it fed a lifetime love of muscle cars, 70s clothing, and gritty street shows. He was ready to go when he was asked to be a part of the new television series, according to Screen Daily.
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. Working with Amazon he has more of a creative freedom, and is excited to challenge the audience and stray from the genre every so often. Like real life, a dramatic experience could be followed with some hysterical moment, unlike recent reboots that just used bathroom humor and made fun of the main characters with every line.
So, what to do you CDA News readers think about the Gunns taking on a relaunch of Starsky & Hutch? Are you excited? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Cletus Dillwood
Photo Courtesy Facebook/James Gunn