CBS books 'em: 'Hawaii Five-O' greenlighted
Scribes Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci exec producing"Hawaii Five-O" is a go.
CBS has greenlighted an updated version of the classic cop series from hot feature scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and "CSI: NY" executive producer Peter Lenkov.
The project, from CBS Studios, scored a sizable commitment when it landed at CBS in October.
It is described as an updated take on the original series that is centered on an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police headed by Steve McGarrett and answerable only to the governor.
The classic procedural, created by Leonard Freeman, ran on CBS from 1968-80 and became famous for its opening music and for its staple "Book 'em, Danno" closing line.
Kurtzman and Orci co-wrote the story for the pilot with Lenkov, who penned the script under their supervision. All three are executive producing.
CBS and CBS Studios, which has the rights to "Hawaii Five-O," first took a stab at developing a contemporary take last season with "Criminal Minds" executive producer/showrunner Ed Bernero.
Kurtzman and Orci, co-creators/exec producers of Fox's sophomore drama "Fringe," know a thing or two about reinvigorating TV series: They recently penned the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster "Star Trek." Their feature writing credits also include the two "Transformers" movies and "Mission: Impossible III."
Lenkov serves as exec producer/co-showrunner on CBS/CBS Studios crime drama "CSI: NY" alongside Pam Veasey.