News broke just last week that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn producing a new take on the 1970s action series Starsky & Hutch, and already the project has found a home.
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Amazon announced it has begun development of a one-hour procedural for Prime Video that will serve as a continuation of the original series and deconstruct the buddy-cop genre. Based on an idea by Gunn, who’ll serve as an executive producer, Starsky & Hutch will be written by his brothers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).
“Chekhov said if you have a gun in the room, it’s going to go off. We can’t wait to see what three Gunns do with Starsky & Hutch,” Joe Lewis, Amazon’s head of comedy, drama and VR, said in a statement.
The series is a co-production of Amazon and Sony Pictures Television Studios, which owns TV rights for the property, which centered on two detectives, the streetwise David Michael Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and the by-the-book Kenneth Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson (David Soul), who tore up the streets of fictional Bay City, California, in a two-door Ford Gran Torino.
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Starsky & Hutch is just the latest collaboration to be produced by the Gunn family. James’ brother Sean is a regular in the Guardians films as Kraglin, and James and Brian previously worked together to produce the online parody series PG Porn that has gone on to accrue more than 100 million views.
“When I was a kid, Starsky & Hutch was the first ‘adult’ show I ever saw, and I fell in love,” James Gunn said. “It instilled in me a lifelong love of gritty street shows, of killer ’70s threads, and muscle cars. So when Neal Moritz asked me if I wanted to be a part of an all-new Starsky and Hutch on TV, I was instantly intrigued. I teamed up with the two writers I trusted most in the world to work with us, my brother Brian Gunn and my cousin Mark Gunn and together we came up with a show that I’m really proud of. At Amazon, I believed we would have the most freedom to create something that is different, challenges the audience, and that strays outside the parameters of genre from time to time.”
No release date has been given for Starsky & Hutch.