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Miami Vice reboot in the works from Vin Diesel

Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice

Story by Jack Foley

A REBOOT of classic ’80s TV show Miami Vice is in the works at NBC.

The network is reportedly teaming up with Vin Diesel to develop the revival, which would see Diesel re-teaming with Chris Morgan (of Fast and the Furious fame) and executive producing. Morgan and Diesel have worked on all of the Fast and the Furious movies together.

The project has been in the works for some months and is also being driven by Shana Waterman (24: Live Another Day, Wayward Pines), the former Fox Broadcasting executive who now serves as head of television for Diesel’s One Race Television production company.

Miami Vice would be the first effort to come out of Diesel’s first-look deal with Universal Television. Peter Macmanus (Spike TV’s The Mist) is drawing up a script.

According to sources quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, the idea of rebooting Miami Vice was Diesel’s, who made a personal appeal to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke.

The original Miami Vice series ran for five seasons on NBC from 1984 to 1989. It starred – and made household names of – Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as undercover detectives James ‘Sonny’ Crockett and Ricardo ‘Rico’ Tubbs.

The TV series also spawned a 2006 feature film from Michael Mann that starred Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, which was produced by Universal Pictures.

Miami Vice would be the first major TV reboot to be developed for the 2018-19 television season.

But revivals continue to be in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven performance in an increasingly crowded landscape of more than 450 scripted originals. Incoming reboots for the forthcoming season on US TV include Dynasty (The CW), Roseanne (ABC), S.W.A.T. (CBS) and Will & Grace (NBC).

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