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.