Dynasty, SWAT remakes in development

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A reboot of 80s mega-soap Dynasty is in development in the US.

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who both produced The OC, Gossip Girl, The Carrie Diaries and Hart of Dixie, are behind the project for The CW, with writer Sallie Patrick (Limitless, Revenge).

Dynasty, starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins, was executive produced by Aaron Spelling and was a global hit, running from 1981-89. As a rival to Dallas, it followed the trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys (somebody call Alan Dale!).

The new version is described as: “The Rolls Royce of all primetime soaps, returns in a modernized reboot that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington — daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington — and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal — a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class. In an age where dynasties appear everywhere — from reality TV to the polling booths — this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.”

Meanwhile another Aaron Spelling series, S.W.A.T., is set for a reboot with a pilot coming to CBS. This version is loosely inspired by the 2003 movie which in turn was was based on the 1975 police series.

The new SWAT is described as an intense, action-packed procedural following an African-American SWAT lieutenant torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers. He is tasked to run a new unit of highly trained but rugged outcasts who are the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.

The project is executive produced by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Timeless), Neal H. Moritz (Preacher), Justin Lin (Scorpion) and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (The Get Down, Friday Night Lights).

Source: Deadline, Hollywood Reporter

7 Comments:

  1. One thing Dynasty had was a formula. If the team behind this very long awaited and anticipated reinterpretation remember that formula, include the people that made Dynasty shine and keep 100,000 million viewers hooked – then we may have something more than adequate and interesting on our hands here. Dynasty: The next Generation gets my juices flowing and I look forward to every minute.

  2. If the continuation of the recent Dallas was anything to go by I don’t see the reboot of Dynasty lasting too long. TNT’s updated version of Dallas was just plain awful. No depth to the characters and far to plot driven. The Ewing family became guest stars in their own show.

  3. As I recall, the SWAT film wasn’t all that successful at the time (thus no sequels or spin off TV series in the intervening years)-the heavy paramilitarisation of US police forces in the wake of various riots/protests of recent years has made this a hot political topic there.

  4. Only the older viewers will get enthused about these shows and the eventual fate of ‘Dallas’ gives us a clue to their likely prospects, especially if it is produced by CBS.

    • Not really even older people. With the CW turning the Kristle character Hispanic, it won’t be the same. The new Dallas had decidedly Hispanic slant also, and it was part of the reason it didn’t feel like the same show.

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