CBS nabs 'Hawaii Five-O' pilot
Kurtzman and Orci on board for updated take on seriesSurf's up for a new "Hawaii Five-O."
CBS has given a pilot commitment to an updated version of the classic cop series from hot feature scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and "CSI: NY" executive producer Peter Lenkov.
There aren't many details on the trio's take on the classic procedural, which chronicled the workings of the fictional Hawaiian state police department led by Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord). The original series, created by Leonard Freeman, ran on CBS from 1968-80. It became famous for its opening music and for its staple "Book 'em, Danno" closing line.
Kurtzman and Orci are co-writing the story for the pilot with Lenkov, who will pen 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 year 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.
Kurtzman, Orci and Lenkov are repped by CAA.