“Bewitched,” which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, is targeting a return to television. Deadline reports that a contemporary take on the property is being developed by Sony Pictures Television and that it is currently being shopped to networks.
The original series, which ran for eight seasons beginning in 1964, told the story of a married couple; Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery), a witch and Darrin (first Dick York and later Dick Sargent), a mortal. The show spawned a short-lived spinoff, “Tabitha,” and a made-for-TV animated film, “Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family,” both centering on Samantha and Darrin’s magical daughter.
In 2005, Columbia Pictures released a feature film version, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Attemping a post-modern take on the material, Kidman played an actual witch who is cast on a remake of the original series (with Ferrell an actor cast as Darrin). The film underperformed at the box office, earning only $63 million domestically.
The Vow screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein are scripting the new series.