A quarter century after ending its five-year run, ‘Remington Steele’ looks to return to NBC – sort of.
Part reboot, part sequel, and part spin-off, NBC is planning to bring back the hour-long crime series as a half-hour comedy, focusing on the character Olivia Holt, the daughter of the two former leads. The plot finds the younger Holt reopening her parent’s detective agency, with action-infused hilarious antics surely to follow.
Ruben Fleischer, who helmed the violent action feature ‘Gangster Squad,' as well as comedies ’30 Minutes or Less’ and ‘Zombieland,’ is set to direct. Jay Scherick and David Ronn, the screenwriting team on ‘The Smurfs,’ ‘Guess Who,’ and the TV show ‘Spin City,’ will pen the story.
Premiering in 1982, 'Remington Steele' starred Stephanie Zimbalist as Laura Holt, a private investigator who hired a thief (Pierce Brosnan) to assume the role of her fictitious boss (the titular Steele), for people back then weren’t really comfortable with a female in such a position. The procedural embraced the chemistry between the two stars, building up tension throughout until – spoiler alert – the two eventually got together in the series finale.
This next generational television reboot isn’t the first of its kind. Earlier this year, the offspring of the beloved comedy ‘Boy Meets World’ announced it will return with ‘Girl Meets World.’ In 2009, ‘Melrose Place’ returned with a new crop of young professionals, lasting only one year. Like that CW offering, the 'Remington Steele' reboot will keep the same title as the original.
The show is only at the script stage, so no word on casting, but if the original is any indication, whoever plays the male lead has a good shot at being the next James Bond.