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Magnum PI reboot in development

Story by Jack Foley

A REBOOT of classic 80s TV show Magnum PI is in the works at CBS.

The original cop drama launched the career of Tom Selleck and launched in 1980, before running for eight seasons on CBS.

The reboot is being described as an update of the original, and would follow Thomas Magnum (Selleck’s former role), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, decides to put his military skills to good use by become a private investigator.

With help from fellow vets Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin and Orville ‘Rick’ Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will.

Like the original, the series will blend action, adventure and comedy. But it will deviate from the original in the way that it explores a brotherhood forged by the trauma of combat, and what it means to return home an ex-soldier.

Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, who were also responsible for the successful reboot of Hawaii Five-0, will pen the screenplays.

Magnum P.I is the latest reboot to be picked up and developed by a major US television network. Also in the works this season are reboots of Blue Crush (NBC), Nancy Drew (NBC), Roswell (The CW), The Nice Guys (Fox), True Lies (Fox), The Jetsons (ABC), The Munsters (NBC), Starsky & Hutch (Amazon) and Party of Five (which is currently being shopped). There are also plans afoot to revive Miami Vice.

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