James Gunn & Amazon To Reboot ‘Starsky & Hutch’
Amazon and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn are teaming up to reboot and continue the classic Starsky & Hutch series.
JAMES GUNN TO PRODUCE STARSKY & HUTCH REBOOT WITH AMAZON
The new series will be a continuation of the 1970s show. It will be a one-hour procedural that will attempt to deconstruct the buddy cop film genre, much in the same way that Gunn did with the sci-fi genre with Guardians.
The original Starky & Hutch series was created by William Blinn and produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions. It aired from 1975-1979 on ABC. The show follows two police partners in the fictional town of Bay City, California, and they traversed the streets in their two-door Ford Gran Torino.
“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,” joked Joe Lewis, the head of comedy, drama, and VR at Amazon Studio in the release. Director James Gunn will executive produce alongside writing partners Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn on the series.
Of working on the series, James Gunn said, “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,” he shared. “So when Neal Mortiz 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 genre from time to time.”
Sony Pictures Television Studios will co-produce with Amazon Studios. “We are thrilled to be working with Amazon on this unique approach to a character driven procedural,” said Sony co-president Jason Clodfelter. “The Gunns completely surpassed our expectations while paying respect to the original.”
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 31, 2017