Television is full of reboots and revivals these days, so why not add "Magnum, P.I." to the mix? That was the thought of ABC, which is set to make a sequel series to the Tom Selleck-starring '80s show featuring a new leading character.
Deadline reports that the new series, now titled simply "Magnum," will be set in the modern day and focus on the titular detective's daughter, the now-grown Lily. Here's the official breakdown, per Deadline:
The project ... will keep the fun, action-packed style of the original as it follows Magnum's daughter, Lily "Tommy" Magnum, who returns to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father's PI firm. She and her tribe of friends mix tropical beaches with the seedy underbelly of international crime and modern espionage, even as she tries to unravel the mystery of the blown spy operation that ended her career in Navy Intelligence.
The sequel series is the brainchild of Eva Longoria -- who will produce through her UnbeliEVAble banner -- and John Rogers (the creator of TNT series "Leverage" and "The Librarians"), who collaborated with Universal TV to come up with a concept to reboot an existing title in the company's vast programming library. Here's how they fleshed out that idea, according to Deadline:
They identified Magnum P.I.as particularly viable and relevant, and then Rogers unlocked a way in with Thomas Magnum's daughter that he took custody of in the show's finale. While the trio felt that rebooting the series with another Thomas Magnum would be daunting, focusing on his daughter was an organic way to update the franchise.
There's no word yet on a production timeframe, though ABC has already ordered a pilot script, to be written by Rogers. Stay tuned.