Now that the new Hawaii Five-0 is one of the most anticipated new series of the 2010-11 season, it looks like another cop show of that era might be remade. Deadline is reporting that a new CHiPs series is in the works.
The original CHiPs began in 1977 and revolves around motorcycles cops of the California Highway Patrol. The series made household names of Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox and also featured the talents of Robert Pine, Paul Linke, Brodie Greer, Randi Oakes, Lew Saunders, Lou Wagner, and Michael Dorn.
The series went off the air in 1983 after six seasons and 139 episodes. A TV movie, CHiPs ’99, reunited some of the cast for TNT in 1998.
A new version of the series was attempted in 2003 and two scripts were written. NBC ultimately decided against ordering a pilot. In 2005, plans for a CHiPs movie were announced, with Wilmer Valderrama slated to play Estrada’s old role, Ponch.
Now, Valderrama’s former That ’70s Show costar, Topher Grace, is looking at bringing CHiPs back to television. Reportedly Grace would executive produce the project with Gordon Kaywin for their Sargent Hall Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
Numb3rs creators Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton are working on the script and would also executive produce.
The project hasn’t been shopped to any networks yet and there’s no word of any on-screen talent being associated with it yet either.
What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing a new version of CHiPs? Who should star in it?
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