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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Rebooting Hawaii Five-O

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 09, 2009
Source: Variety

Jack Lord played Steve McGarrett in the original HAWAII FIVE-O(1968-80).

Screenwriting duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have another classic franchise to reboot, this time for the small screen. The team behind Star Trek and the first two Transformers films, along with Fox's "Fringe", have been tasked with spearheading "Hawaii Five-O" for CBS.

Kurtzman, Orci and Peter Lenkov ("CSI: NY") will develop the new spin on the vintage cop drama, which originally starred Jack Lord as officer Steve McGarrett. Lenkov will write the pilot script under Kurtzman and Orci’s supervision, and Lenkov will serve as showrunner should the project be picked up to series.

The trio will exec produce for CBS Television Studios. CBS gave the project a pilot commitment on Thursday after a pitch from Kurtzman, Orci and Lenkov.

The network has long wanted to revive their classic property, which was a staple of its lineup from 1968-80. The original series centered on Steve McGarrett (Lord), head of the hardboiled Hawaiian State Police, which handled the toughest criminal cases and investigated organized crime on the island.


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Dazzler 10/9/2009 4:54:37 AM

Love the theme!

Conan will love this news also.


trollman 10/9/2009 6:19:58 AM

But Just another example of a creativly bankrupt Hollywierd trying to fill the entertainment void with anything.  It would be nice if they just did something original.  If this even breaks even how long will it be before they do a Magnum PI movie? Then they could do LOVE BOAT.  I'm just saying HOLLYWOOD had such great success with the MIAMI VICE movie or BEWITCHED.  I'm hoping they do GILLIGAN ISLAND real soon.(sarcasm)

avidfan 10/9/2009 6:23:23 AM

the revenge og mr. belvedere

StarlightGuard 10/9/2009 6:25:06 AM

these two guys annoy me...they're the Paris Hilton of screenwriters, a whole lot of flash, hugely popular, but nothing really to warrant all this power and success

Calibur454 10/9/2009 7:21:03 AM

eventually eveery sitcom will be remade. It wouldn't surprise me if they went with the eighties tv stuff next.

Different strokes-

Punky Brewster-

A-team- Hell they are making a movie version now.

you name it that tv show will eventually be redone sooner or later.


Muenster 10/9/2009 7:41:30 AM

As much as I liked the original, and I am old enough to remember watching this back in the 70's, you all just know this is simply going to be CSI Hawaii. It'll have a cast of youngish, attractive, "edgy" new characters, and at least 1 or 2 tall leggy big eyed high heel sporting ditzy actress babes overacting like hell to sound convincing. They'll make sure it has graphic deaths and analysis, just for sake of being morbid, for morbids' sake... No one can make a  detective show without shock value these days. Dear God, I hate American Television. 

I don't even want to pathom a guess on how badly they are going to sodomize, the theme music.

What made Jack Lords' Lt. McGarrett character so well liked, was that he was a gentleman first, but could "turn-it-on" when and only if the situation called for it. Anybody remember back when the police and sheriff's comported themselves in a much more grown up and professional manner and not like some para-military organization? Yes, there really was time when young men and women who wanted to attend police academies actually received training on how first to be a model citizen in the communities in which they served. My how times have changed. 24 hour news has created a unduly heightened sense of fear and outrage in both the served and the so called protector.

It would nice to see a cop show that tends more to focus on breaking up organized crime (much like Hawaii five O did) Well, maybe the folks at Paramount/CBS will surprise me, but then who cares if somebody doesn't die?


dragon261 10/9/2009 7:44:34 AM

With the once mighty CSI show's starting to run of steam CBS is looking to replace them with something else. The CSI formula is getting stale and it's showing in the ratings. High profile cast changes at CSI and CSI Miami hasn't helped matters either.

phantomx69 10/9/2009 7:48:57 AM

hell why not there is nothing on tv anymore anyway and the old shows were better, the only new shows i like our burnnotice, dark blue, leverage, and ncis LA.... this could work if done right, i wish they would remake t.h.e. cat that would be a good one since alot of people would not remember that it would be fresh and new... how about sword of justice could also be fresh and new.... and what about some of the old pilot shows that never were done go back and do those..

monkeyfoot 10/9/2009 2:33:11 PM

I don't mind this. They are obviously not remaking this series to tap into people who were kids in the 80's who would be the prime audience to make money off of. A slightly older generation would be more familiar with it.

Like Muenster said this will probably be translated into CSI:Hawaii, but if it's good I'll probably watch it.

It's all in the execution. 

kwsupes 10/9/2009 2:58:06 PM

I am in as long as there is at least one karate expert and a big Hawiian dude like the old show. And I would add lots and lots of car chases. No CSI formula, more action!

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