James Gunn’s “Starsky & Hutch” Series Would Be A “Continuation” Of Original

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the original “Starsky & Hutch,” with David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser

Do we really need another Starsky & Hutch revival? After that nifty 2004 Ben Stiller/Owen Wilson jam, I mean? Well, director James Gunn assures readers on Facebook that his new S&H series for Amazon will be “NOT be a reboot or a remake, but a continuation of the original series that would deconstruct the buddy cop show in a fun way.”

The original Starsky & Hutch ran from 1975-1979 and was a pretty standard buddy cop action/drama, with some bits of light-hearted banter between its co-stars David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser. In 2004, Todd Philips (The Hangover) directed a comedic “reboot,” starring Stiller and Wilson; it was “OK” (and had a nice little Soul/Glaser cameo), but it was kind of forgettable.

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the 2004 movie version, with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson

But Gunn promises his “take” on the property will be better than the movie:

Like Guardians of the Galaxy did with the space opera, it would honor the genre while turning it inside-out. And it would definitely not be a spoof like the 2004 Starsky & Hutch movie – it would be gritty and driven by both characters and high stakes. I came up with a lot of wild ideas – things I can’t go into quite yet – but stuff that got me excited about the prospect of creating a TV show.

One would assume that Amazon will give Gunn the “space” to try some interesting things here; indeed, he says he chose to work with them for exactly that reason.

James Gunn’s Starsky & Hutch, in conjunction with Sony Pictures TV, will come out sometime soonish (maybe, probably) on Amazon.

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