“This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I’ll get back to you.”
But who’d’a thunk he’d be getting back to us more than 35 years later?
NBC is to remake The Rockford Files, the 1970s private detective series that starred James Garner and put writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell on the map.
Rockford was an ex-con private eye who lived in a trailer in Malibu (and usually worked as hard to get his clients to pay up as he did on solving cases), in an era that had a number of enigmatic crimebusters (we’re looking at you Kojak, Barnaby Jones, Baretta, Colombo).
The new version will be crafted by House writer, David Shore.
“It’s one of the shows that made me want to become a writer,” Shore said. “I had no interest in adapting any old stuff, but this was the one exception.”
He says he intends to stick with the basic foundation of a private eye in L.A. just trying to make a living.
“What makes Rockford timeless is that he’s vulnerable, he’s flawed. He’s used to hustling and getting hustled,” Shore said. “Sometimes he’s a hero and sometimes he runs away.”
It will take an awful lot to fill the shoes of James Garner (and I want a decent theme!). Any suggestions guys?