Dynasty, SWAT remakes in development
Aaron Spelling shows are back in fashion with new remakes on the way.
A reboot of 80s mega-soap Dynasty is in development in the US.
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who both produced The OC, Gossip Girl, The Carrie Diaries and Hart of Dixie, are behind the project for The CW, with writer Sallie Patrick (Limitless, Revenge).
Dynasty, starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins, was executive produced by Aaron Spelling and was a global hit, running from 1981-89. As a rival to Dallas, it followed the trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys (somebody call Alan Dale!).
The new version is described as: “The Rolls Royce of all primetime soaps, returns in a modernized reboot that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington — daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington — and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal — a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class. In an age where dynasties appear everywhere — from reality TV to the polling booths — this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.”
Meanwhile another Aaron Spelling series, S.W.A.T., is set for a reboot with a pilot coming to CBS. This version is loosely inspired by the 2003 movie which in turn was was based on the 1975 police series.
The new SWAT is described as an intense, action-packed procedural following an African-American SWAT lieutenant torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers. He is tasked to run a new unit of highly trained but rugged outcasts who are the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.
The project is executive produced by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Timeless), Neal H. Moritz (Preacher), Justin Lin (Scorpion) and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (The Get Down, Friday Night Lights).