Before joining Her Majesty’s Secret Service as James Bond with the film Goldeneye, actor Pierce Brosnan launched his career with the romantic comedy detective thriller series “Remington Steele” from 1982 to 1987. Now the series is being revived on NBC, but with a sequel twist.
Deadline had word that NBC is working with 20th Century Fox Television on a half-hour comedy sequel adaptation of the original series that would keep the same title, but follows Olivia Holt, the daughter of the titular detective and love interest Laura Holt. The offspring of Steele and Holt ends up reopening the Remington Steele Detective Agency and gets involved in the same romantic, action-packed, comedic antics from her parents’ past. (Editor’s note: You’ve gotta be kidding me.)
Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer will direct the pilot with a script from Jay Scherick & David Ronn. Fleischer is fine when it comes to action and comedy, but this script is coming from a duo responsible for Norbit, The Smurfs, The Zookeeper, and I Spy. The only redeeming bit is they wrote some of “Spin City.”
The original series followed Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), a licensed private detective, who recruits a con man (Brosnan) to pose as fictitious male superior Remington Steele at her detective agency. Throughout the series was romantic tension and flirting, but they didn’t consummate that romance until the series finale. The same kind of schtick will likely play out on this revival, but hopefully it’ll be a little more original.
NBC hasn’t fared too well with their female led series, but this is only a half-hour comedy as a opposed to an hour-long drama or action series. The project is just now getting off the ground, so we’ll be sure to keep our ears open for any casting and further updates. Did you watch the original incarnation of “Remington Steele”? What do you think about an updated version? Let us know below.
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