In an exclusive from Deadline, it was revealed today that the former CBS show Magnum P.I. was going to be revived by ABC in a sequel TV series. The title of the sequel is Magnum, a short and simple title that reminds the viewers of the connection between the new show and the original TV series.
The surprising twist for this revival surrounds the main character. The new Magnum series will focus on Magnum’s daughter Lily “Tommy” Magnum. The tentative premise is that Lily is returning to Hawaii in order to take up the mantle of her father’s PI firm. While she is chilling with her friends on the Hawaiian beaches, she will also be diving into the world of international crime and espionage. Her ultimate goal is to try to unravel the mystery of the operation she worked that destroyed her career in Navy Intelligence.
The project has been picked up by John Rogers (Leverage) and Eva Longoria’s production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. Rogers will write the script and executive produce through his Kung Fu Monkey company. John Rogers and Eva Longoria are in the process of finding more Universal TV titles that would be suited for a reboot as per a deal they signed with Universal TV. The new Magnum series will be shot at Universal TV’s studio. Rebooting a well known series like Magnum P.I. is a daunting task, especially when we are experiencing a bombardment of reboots of properties from our childhood. When asked how they were going to approach the series, Longoria and her partner Ben Spector said:
“We knew no one could replace the iconic role of Thomas Magnum, so John decided to make the reboot a sequel and continue the adventure of a Magnum — his daughter, who was established in the original series.”
I’m honestly not sure what to think regarding this reboot because Magnum P.I. has always struck me as a standalone show. I also worry about the inevitable backlash from people for genderswapping the lead character. I can see the arguments now about how they are just trying to take advantage of a gimmick or trying to be more politically correct. In general, though, I am always apprehensive regarding reboots or revivals of franchises because 9 times out of 10, they completely miss the mark. We’ll see what happens with this series because it’s too early to tell.
What do you think of this news? Do you want to see a reboot of Magnum P.I. or do you think it should be left alone? Let us know in the comments below.