Amazon Nabs Starsky and Hutch Series from James Gunn


James Gunn's Starsky and Hutch series based on the '70s cop drama has been nabbed by Amazon

James Gunn’s Starsky and Hutch series based on the ’70s cop drama has been nabbed by Amazon

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is doing a series based on the ’70s cop action series Starsky and Hutch and it’s been picked up by Amazon Studios. Gunn posted about the deal on his Facebook page. He said that he’ll be “producing alongside Neal Moritz with Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn writing.” According to THR, the show has a script to series commitment from Amazon.

Though it’s being called a reboot by the trades at the moment, in that it’s a new version of the TV series that ran from 1975-1979, Gunn says it’s a continuation of the idea. He said, “I started writing down some outlandish ideas for how we would handle Starsky and Hutch today – ideas that would be exciting and different and not at all what people expect. This would NOT be a reboot or a remake, but a continuation of the original series that would deconstruct the buddy cop show in a fun way. Like Guardians of the Galaxy did with the space opera, it would honor the genre while turning it inside-out. And it would definitely not be a spoof like the 2004 Starsky & Hutch movie – it would be gritty and driven by both characters and high stakes.” You can read his entire post below.

Gunn posted some other info on his Facebook page. He said that this is his first foray into television for his production company, Troll Court Entertainment. He also said that this is a joint venture between Amazon and Sony Pictures TV and Brian, Mark and James Gunn will all executive produce alongside Neal Moritz, whose Original Films has an overall deal with Sony TV. The company’s head of TV, Pavun Shetty, is also executive producing. He also explained, “The original series was created by William Blinn and produced by Spelling-Goldberg, airing on ABC from 1975 to 1979. It starred Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul as Starsky & Hutch as they protected the streets of the fictional and awesome Bay City.”

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