New one-hour, buddy cop series in the works at Amazon.
Amazon has announced plans to put Starsky & Hutch back on the streets, steered by Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn.
The Prime Video project is being developed in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television Studios and is being described as a character-driven, one-hour police procedural and “a continuation of the original 1970s series.”
Gunn will be working with writing partners Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn.
“When I was a kid, Starsky & Hutch was the first ‘adult’ show I ever saw, and I fell in love,” said James Gunn in a statement. “It instilled in me a lifelong love of gritty street shows, of killer ’70s threads, and muscle cars. So when Neal Mortiz asked me if I wanted to be a part of an all new Starsky & Hutch on TV, I was instantly intrigued. I teamed up with the two writers I trusted most in the world to work with us, my brother Brian Gunn and my cousin Mark Gunn and together we came up with a show that I’m really proud of. At Amazon I believed we would have the most freedom to create something that is different, challenges the audience, and that strays outside the parameters of genre from time to time.”
Starsky & Hutch will be the first expedition into TV for James Gunn and his production company Troll Court Entertainment.
The original Starsky & Hutch series, which aired from 1975 to 1979, followed the crime-busting escapades of David Starsky and Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson as they tore up the fictional Bay City in Starsky’s iconic red Ford Gran Torino.
The TV series was previously adapted into a film starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson back in 2004 by director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School).
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