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The CW is adding another reboot to its development slate.
Following a prolonged negotiation, the network is reteaming with Jane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman for a Charmed reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama is described as a reimagining of the original TV series set in 1976. The reboot will be connected to the original series in some fashion, though it’s not entirely clear at this point how that will come to pass.
Jane the Virgin writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin created the story. The script will be written by O’Toole and Rardin. Propagate Content’s Ben Silverman, who executive produces Jane alongside O’Toole, Rardin and Urman, will serve in the same capacity. Jane director Brad Silberling also will exec produce and direct the pilot.
The project, which received a script commitment, hails from CBS Television Studios, where both Urman and Silberling are under overall deals.
The Charmed reboot comes more than three years after CBS announced plans to remake the original series, which ran on The WB Network for eight seasons from 1998-2006 and starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan.
The original was created by Constance M. Burge and exec produced by Aaron Spelling. CBS Television Studios, which owns the rights to Spelling’s vast TV library, was attached to exec produce the CBS reboot in 2013. That project hailed from Party of Five co-creator Chris Keyser and Sydney Sidner.
The CBS reboot, which never went beyond the development stage, did not receive support from original stars Milano and McGowan. “The thing about them doing a #charmed reboot is… it just… it feels like yesterday. It feels too close,” Milano wrote. McGowan, meanwhile, thought the project lacked originality. “They really are running out of ideas in Hollywood,” she wrote, adding: “lame lame lame lamertons.”
For The CW, the Charmed reboot arrives as the younger-skewing network is poised to say farewell to The Vampire Diaries with the future of its spinoff, The Originals, unclear without the flagship. Charmed also marks the latest reboot in the works for The CW, which is already prepping Dynasty with The O.C. grads Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proved IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is quickly approaching 500 original series. Key to the remakes is having the original producers involved in some capacity as more studios look to monetize their existing film libraries. (With Charmed, CBS TV Studios owning the rights to the Spelling library fulfills that commitment.)
Already in the works this season are reboots of Car Wash (ABC), Sneakers (NBC), Enemy of the State (ABC), War of the Worlds (MTV), Magnum P.I. (ABC), The Lost Boys (The CW), Varsity Blues (CMT), The Departed (Amazon), Let the Right One In (TNT) and L.A. Law, among others.
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