‘Magnum P.I.’ TV Series Reboot In the Development Stage
The reboot of the detective drama Magnum P.I. is in the works to run on CBS. The original TV series aired in 1980 and lasted for eight seasons and 158 episodes. It won two Golden Globe Awards during its run: best performance by an actor in a TV series, won by Tom Selleck in 1985 and best supporting actor in a TV series, won by John Hillerman in 1982.
There will be an updated plot in the rebooted Magnum P.I. that “follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck’s former role), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin and Orville ‘Rick’ Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to.” according to Deadline Hollywood.
Peter Lenkov will co-write the new pilot of Magnum P.I. with Eric Guggenheim. Both of these producers are well-known for their production of Hawaii Five-O on CBS.
The first attempt to bring back Magnum P.I. started in 2016, but it was delayed and stuck in the developmental stage. In this version, it was initially going to be a sequel series titled Magnum, which would have followed Magnum’s daughter, played by Eva Longoria, who returns to Hawaii to take over her father’s firm. Longoria also was part of the project as an executive producer.
Selleck is already under contract with the CBS drama Blue Blood. Although it hasn’t been confirmed by CBS or Selleck himself, but it’s likely that he might appear on the reboot of Magnum P.I.
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