10:24am PT by Rick Porter
'The 4400' Remake in Development at The CW
The CW is developing a remake of The 4400, the sci-fi series that originally ran on USA from 2004-07.
Craig Sweeny (Limitless), who was a writer and producer on the original series, is co-writing the pilot with Taylor Elmore (Justified); both will serve as executive producers, and Elmore will be the showrunner if it goes to series. The project comes from CBS Studios, where both writers have deals.
Like the original, the new series would explore what happens when 4,400 people — all of whom were in their reproductive primes — who went missing over the past 60 years return all at once, not having aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them, at the sites of their abductions. They must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world, and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.
The cast of the original series, which developed a cult following, included Mahershala Ali, Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Laura Allen and Billy Campbell. The show was created by Scott Peters and Rene Echevarria.
Sweeny worked on all four seasons of The 4400, starting as a writer and working up to supervising producer. He also co-created and is executive producing CBS' upcoming drama The Code, about military lawyers. Sweeny is repped by WME and Jackoway Austen.
Elmore worked with Sweeny on Limitless and also spent five seasons on Justified, finishing as an exec producer in the show's final season. He also is the showrunner of Blood & Treasure, due on CBS in summer 2019. Elmore is repped by UTA and attorney Bruce Gellman.
The 4400 is the second reboot on The CW's development slate. The network also is working on an update of The L.A. Complex, a Canadian soap that aired in 2012.