Comic-Con gets look at "Charlie's Angels" re-reboot
Making a re-reboot of the iconic girl-power franchise "Charlie's Angels" that initially caught fire on TV...
re-reboot of the iconic girl-power franchise "Charlie's Angels" that
initially caught fire on TV in the 1970s and morphed into two movies in
the 2000s takes a certain degree of creative moxie.
But having courage, utilizing
skill and being aggressive -- all characteristics of muscled-up moxie --
seems appropriate for the upcoming "Charlie's Angels" that is being
pitched as an action-adventure show for a new generation of TV
The first TV show
starred Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith as three, sexy
private investigators working for a man named Charlie, who would send
them on dangerous missions to catch crooks. Trendsetting in its time,
today it seems quaint.
Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz in the "Angel" roles, but the
two movies featuring trio -- "Charlie's Angels" and "Charlie's Angels:
Full Throttle" -- had a decidedly campy, comic edge to the action.
third time around in a TV show set to debut this fall on the ABC
network, new 'Angels' Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor are
serious-minded detectives with the muscles to match in a crime show
filled with action.
"I've never been able to play a girl with a set of balls," Minka Kelly told Reuters of her new "Angel," Eve French.
who is mostly known for her role as the ever yearning Lyla Garrity in
TV series "Friday Night Lights," was decidedly happy about taking on the
new, powerful role.
turned up at the giant Comic-Con International convention in San Diego
late Saturday to show off footage from their TV pilot episode and take
questions from fans curious for a glimpse of the newest incarnation.
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who spearheaded the movies, is a key producer on the new TV show, and
she was able to wield what the program's creators called "Jedi mind
tricks" in order to bring the three new "Angels" onto the program.
much of the responsibility for getting the program in good shape are
executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, known for their
success with TV's "Smallville."
were hesitant, but then our wives, who both loved the show when they
were girls said 'well you two shouldn't do it,' so that meant absolutely
we're going to do it" said Gough.
and Millar said they initially were troubled by the same question
anyone might pose: how do you remain faithful to the tenets that made
the "Angels" memorable while making the new show fresh and interesting
enough to be engaging?
"This is more like a cine-real version of the show, it's much more grounded, credible" said Millar.
show's makers said the campy humor in the movies, which subtly pokes
some fun at, not just the sex appeal of the original, but also the idea
of three beautiful women pulling of action sequences normally reserved
for men, is mostly erased from this new version.
"We're not going there," said Ilonzeh.
"Angel" Taylor added that just because the show will offer fans a
tougher edge, doesn't mean the women won't be having some fun on-screen.
it this way: "If Jack Bauer (action-packed "24") and Carrie Bradshaw
(comedy "Sex and the City") had a love child, then it would be this
series," said Taylor.