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Elizabeth Banks set to direct Charlie's Angels reboot

The Hunger Games, Elizabeth Banks

Story by Jack Foley

ELIZABETH Banks looks set to direct a reboot of Charlie’s Angels.

Originally a hit television series in the 1970s, which focused on three detectives — played by Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith — who worked to solve cases for a mysterious benefactor named Charlie, Charlie’s Angels also got the big screen treatment in 2000 with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in the lead roles.

However, while the first film was a hit, its sequel – Full Throttle – was critically derided and struggled to perform as well, leading to the death of the franchise.

Sony now intends to reboot the franchise with Banks poised to direct as well as produce with her husband and producing partner, Max Handelman. The search is now on for a writer.

Banks made her directorial debut earlier this year with Pitch Perfect 2, one of Universal’s massive summer hits.

The movie boasted a budget in the $30 million range but opened to almost $70 million domestic, giving her the second-largest opening for a female director. It has since made almost $184 million in the US alone and prompted a third film in the a capella franchise.

Such was the success of her first behind the camera venture, Banks is also now attached to direct Young Adult fantasy Red Queen.

In addition, she continues to remain busy as an actress and will shortly be seen in the final chapter of The Hunger Games later this year.

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