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ABC is conjuring up a remake of Bewitched from part of the team behind Black-ish.
The network has given a pilot production commitment to an update of the 1960s sitcom about a witch hiding in plain sight in suburbia, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Yamara Taylor, a writer and co-producer on the ABC hit series, will write the script.
The project is the last one Barris worked on under his deal at ABC Studios; he recently signed a rich overall deal with Netflix. ABC Studios, Sony (which owns the Bewitched rights) and Davis Entertainment are producing.
Bewitched aired from 1964-72 on ABC and starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stevens, a witch who marries mortal ad executive Darrin (Dick York initially, Dick Sargent in later seasons) and tries to live an everyday life — not always successfully, thanks to her supernatural family and nosy neighbors.
Barris and Taylor’s update of the concept has Samantha as an African-American single mother who marries Darrin, who is something of a slacker. They will navigate their differences as Samantha discovers that even though she’s literally magical, she’s still not as powerful as a decently tall white man with a full head of hair in America.
The pilot will be Sony’s third try at a Bewitched series remake in the past decade. Previous attempts at CBS in 2011-12 and NBC in 2014 ended up not going forward. It was also remade as a 2005 feature film starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.
Deadline first reported the news of the remake.
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