2004 sci-fi The 4400 is the latest US series in development for a reboot by The CW.
The original series, which featured Aussies Jacqueline McKenzie & Jenni Baird, ran for 4 seasons exploring 4,400 people who vanished across the globe. It also featured Mahershala Ali, Peter Coyote, Billy Campbell & Joel Gretsch.
In Australia the series enjoyed a bumper 1.99m premiere before dropping away quickly, and in its final season was relegated to 4am Saturday timeslots on TEN (yep, you read that correctly).
The new version will be co-written by Craig Sweeny (Elementary) and Taylor Elmore (Justified), who both collaborated on Limitless. The subject matter is one that has been visited by several shows including Taken, The Crossing, People of Earth, and The Kettering Incident.
The premise for the new version echoes the original:
Over the course of recent history, 4,400 young adults in their reproductive prime have gone missing all over the world — some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the infamous day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day; none have any memory of where they’ve been. The so called “4400” must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world… and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.
The CW is also reviving Roswell, amongst others.