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Charlie's Angels has enjoyed success over two generations so far. It was originally a well-received TV series from 1976 to 1981, and in the early 2000s, the two movie adaptations drew in a decent amount of money at the box office. Following a failed TV remake in 2011, Charlie's Angels is being brought back to the big screen, and the production is looking to class up the re-telling by hiring Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn.
Auburn, who won his Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for the play Proof, will pen the Charlie's Angels reboot, replacing Evan Spiliotopoulos. According to THR, hiring him was a "strategic" move by Sony and director Elizabeth Banks to give moviegoers "rich, fully developed" protagonists rather than just some beautiful faces in action. Like the previous two movies, the reboot is also aiming enhance its female empowerment message, and in his statement, Auburn said how he's looking forward to creating a story that's "grounded, edgy, subversive, smart and fun." Aside from Banks and Auburn, Banks' husband, Max Handelman, is producing with Elizabeth Cantillon, but it will be a while until we learn which actresses will star in the movie.
Whether it's being told in a theater or on a television, Charlie's Angels follows a trio of female private detectives who solve crimes by going undercover. They work for Charlie, the unseen millionaire who usually communicates with them through a speaker in his office. The women are also assisted by Bosley, Charlie's associate. The original Angels in the '70s TV show were played by Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith. However, Smith was the only one to stay for the entire five season run, with other actresses coming in at various points. The movie Angels were played by Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore, and while 2000's Charlie's Angels and 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle definitely packed in a lot of action, they also had more comedy infused. ABC tried to remake the series in 2011, but it was cancelled after only four episodes.
Aside from Proof (which was later adapted into a movie), David Auburn's writing credits include the plays Skyscraper, The Columnist and Lost Lake. Movie-wise, he wrote the 2006 feature The Lake House and 2007's The Girl in the Park, which he also directed. While it's unclear whether Auburn's version of Charlie's Angels will be more of a drama like the original TV series or retain the comedic elements of the previous movies, but it sounds like he'll come up a version of the story that's both fitting for the current times and also stays faithful to the franchise.
We'll keep you updated on how the Charlie's Angels reboot is progressing as more information comes in.