Vin Diesel and NBC have teamed up to reboot Miami Vice.
The show is part of Vin’s first-look deal with Universal Television and he’ll executive produce the series alongside Shana Waterman.
The Miami Vice reboot marks a reteaming for Morgan and Diesel, who have worked on all of the Fast and the Furious movies together. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that it was Diesel who came up with the idea to revive Miami Vice and made a personal appeal to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. The effort marks Diesel’s largest scripted TV project so far.
Miami Vice ran for five seasons on NBC from 1984-1989. The series starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as undercover detectives James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs, respectively, as they took on challenging cases at Miami’s Metro-Date Police Department. The show was created by Anthony Yerkovich and counted Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf among its executive producers. Saundra Santiago, Michael Talbott, John Diehl, Olivia Brown and Edward James Olmos co-starred on the drama, which was hailed for its use of New Wave music — including its theme song by Jan Hammer.
The TV series spawned a 2006 feature film take from Michael Mann that starred Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, which was produced by Universal Pictures.
Miami Vice is the first major TV reboot to be developed for the 2018-19 television season. Revivals continue to be in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in an increasingly crowded landscape of more than 450 scripted originals. Up this season are reboots of Dynasty (The CW), Roseanne (ABC), S.W.A.T. (CBS) and Will & Grace (NBC).
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