Another TV reboot is being added to the already gigantic (and growing) reboot roster for the next few seasons of television. Miami Vice may be coming back to our screens as early as the 2018-2019 season.
Vin Diesel and his production company One Race Television are teaming up with Fast and Furious writer Chris Morgan to produce the series on NBC. If picked up, Vice would be returning to the Peacock network nearly thirty years after being canceled in 1989.
The project, which has been in development for a few months, is being spearheaded by Shana Waterman who heads One Race Television after leaving Fox Broadcasting. Diesel and Waterman are tapped to executive produce the show while Peter Macmanus (Spike’s The Mist) will write the scripts which will be based on the original Miami Vice.
Miami Vice ran from 1984 to 1990 and starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs, two vice cops who frequently went undercover to bust down notorious drug rings. Edward James Olmos played their chief and a whole slew of high profile actors guest starred on the show through its five season run. The show was often praised for its use of music as well as the extremely pastel colored, yet highly stylish, clothes Crockett and Tubbs often sported.
Michael Mann penned and produced both the television show and the 2006 film version which starred Jamie Foxx and Collin Farrell. The movie didn’t fare as well as the show and pretty much tanked at the box office. So, the ultimate question is, with Mann, the original producer, absent from this reboot, will it be as good as its predecessor? Not only that, is it even warranted? In an already overly reboot saturated lineup, what will Diesel, Morgan, Waterman, and Macmanus bring to the table that hasn’t already been done?
The good thing about this reboot is that it comes at a time where drugs and opioid usage are at an all time high which echoes the cocaine crisis of the 80s. So, there will be plenty of stories and things to pull from. Personally, however, I am tired of seeing reboots and remakes both on television and on the big screens. Nostalgia filmmaking needs to make a quick and brutal exit from our lives before more national treasures are decimated by lackluster, uninspired writing, and bland performances.
(Originally posted to 4ye.co.uk.)