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


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.


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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