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Evan Spiliotopoulos, who wrote the screenplay for Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules, will pen the new Charlie’s Angels film.
Elizabeth Banks, who had a huge directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, is attached to direct the Sony reboot, and also will produce via her Brownstone production company with producing partner Max Handelman.
Charlie’s Angels was a hit television series in the 1970s, centered around three female detectives — played by Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith — who worked to solve cases for a mysterious benefactor named Charlie, while also working with their sidekick, Bosley.
A big-screen version came out in 2000, with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu starring in the action-comedy hit directed by McG The film was followed by a sequel, 2003’s Charlie’s Angles: Full Throttle.
Now, 12 years later, it seems Sony and Banks are ready to bring the crime-fighting female trio back for a new generation. Banks recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “The original ethos of women who graduated from the police academy, and then were given the jobs of crossing guard and meter maid, I feel like that’s still very real in the world right now.”
Andrea Giannetti is overseeing the project for Sony.
Spiliotopoulos worked on the script for 2014’s Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson, which earned $244.8 million worldwide.The busy screenwriter’s upcoming projects include Universal’s spin-off The Huntsman Winter’s War, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, and hits theaters in April 2016; and Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Ewan McGregor for 2017. He’s also adapting Seven Wonders, a novel by Ben Mezrich. He’s repped by UTA, Cover 1 Entertainment and MARKS Law Group.
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