It goes without saying that reboots, revivals and revamps have become a serious trend in Hollywood, with many creatives taking existing properties but updating them for a new time. The most recent one is incredibly intriguing, though, as Atlanta and Solo’s Donald Glover and Fleabag and Killing Eve’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge are teaming up to produce and star in a Mr. and Mrs. Smith TV series. The show will be a reimagining of the 2005 action film of the same name starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Although many are excited to see what Glover and Waller-Bridge will do with the story, some users across the internet have other feelings.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith has garnered a devoted following since it first hit theaters nearly two decades ago. The movie starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as married assassins working for rival agencies who learn of each other’s jobs only after they’re assigned to kill each other. The film holds a special place in moviegoers’ hearts and, like any devotees, fans on Twitter are expressing their displeasure with seeing a reboot:
Although the film wasn’t critically acclaimed, Mr. and Mrs. Smith did serve as an action-packed showcase of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s talents, with their electric chemistry being the highlight. As a result, some fans on do not believe a Mr. and Mrs. Smith project should be made without their involvement:
Most would agree that both Pitt and Jolie still have incredibly fruitful careers at the moment, though Mr. and Mrs. Smith did still arrive during the peak of their box office dominance. This, paired with the incredibly sexual appeal of the film, make some wonder if a show can accurately replicate that vibe:
But as mentioned, the show is stirring up quite a bit of hype among a number of people online. For most, the idea of Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge finally joining forces is just too exciting:
Glover and Waller-Bridge are definitely two of the best talents in Hollywood right now. Donald Glover has been acting and writing for years, with his work on FX’s Atlanta earning him two Emmys, one for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Directing. At present, Glover is working on the next two seasons of Atlanta, which are set to shoot this year.
Phoebe Walller-Bridge also has her fair share of experience and accolades. While she has a few notable credits, she’s best known for creating, writing and producing the critically acclaimed black comedy Fleabag. For her work on the series, Waller-Bridge earned three Emmys -- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Comedy Series. Most recently, she also served as a writer on the latest 007 film, No Time To Die.
While Donald Glover and Phoebe-Waller Bridge did work together on Solo, Mr. and Mrs. Smith will mark the first time that they’ll truly be able to put their heads together to develop something. It’s true their takes on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s characters will probably be vastly different, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be able to measure up to their predecessors.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith is slated to premiere on Amazon in 2022.