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Friday, September 18, 2015

Sony Prepping Charlie's Angels Reboot

Sony is currently developing a reboot for "Charlie's Angels" and they're in talks with actress-director Elizabeth Banks to helm the reboot. [hit the jump to continue]

Apart from being a very funny and versatile actress, with appearances in popular flicks such as Sam Raimi's Spider-man movies, and in the Hunger Games movies, Elizabeth Banks is also a talented director who made her feature directorial debut with Universal’s "Pitch Perfect 2", a comedy that went on to make nearly ten times its budget at the box office. Giving Banks more directing opportunities makes sense; pairing her talents up with Sony’s plans to reboot the Charlie’s Angels feature franchise could be the next step in the right direction, both for her career and the studio’s property.

Sony is in talks with Banks to helm the reboot. We can once again see the famous trio of female operatives take to the screen under the guidance of the mysterious Charlie, alongside their male sidekick, John Bosley. Banks is still in negotiations, but if they work things out, she’d also be producing the picture alongside her husband Max Handelman. The plans are then to start a search for a screenwriter to pen the reboot. There are no details as to casting at the moment.

Charlie’s Angels originally began as a 1976 TV series starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, with David Doyle as Bosley. The show gained success after being written off early in its existence and went on to run for five seasons. The next iteration came by way of Sony’s 2000 film Charlie’s Angels, and the 2003 follow-up Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Bill Murray. Those films enjoyed box office success, even if they were critically lukewarm. The latest reboot came in the version of ABC’s 2011 series starring Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor; the show was canceled early in its first season.

I was not a fan of McG's "Charlie's Angels" movies (the one with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu), actually I hated those movies. I felt that McG's approach was excessively goofy and unevenly cartoonish. The news of this reboot is a good news to me, with hopes that Banks would do a way way better job. Sony is also looking for a hit that could redeem their recent failures, because aside from the Sony hacks late last year, they have been having all these big cinematic failures. This summer, Sony was banking on "Pixels" but that turned out to be a colossal flop critically and financially. Sony needs a franchise that will bring back its pride.


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