A drama series that had a strong run in the 1980s is returning to life in a new, updated form. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that A&E is working on a reboot of "Highway to Heaven."
"A&E is developing a contemporary remake of the acclaimed late-1980s [Michael] Landon drama, with Mark Wahlberg on board as an executive producer. The project, which centers on an angel sent down to Earth to help troubled souls, is being penned by former ‘Hell on Wheels’ showrunner John Wirth," the story reports.
The article adds: "The project is being co-produced by Bob DeBitetto’s newly launched A&E Studios and Noreen Halpern’s Halfire-Core Entertainment, in association with Wahlberg’s Closest to the Hole Productions and his manager and producing partner Stephen Levinson’s Leverage Entertainment. Wahlberg and Levinson (‘Boardwalk Empire’), along with Halpern, Wirth and Wayne Lepoff of the Landon estate, are all attached as executive producers."
The original version aired for five seasons on NBC. The series starred Landon as "Jonathan Smith, an angel sent down on probation, and his ‘Little House on the Prairie’ co-star Victor French as human companion Mark Gordon," the report notes. "Together, the pair is given assignments by God as Landon’s character looks to earn his wings. If the remake is ultimately ordered to series, ‘Highway’ would join other A&E scripted efforts ‘Longmire,’ ‘Bates Motel’ and upcoming Chloe Sevigny’s ‘Those Who Kill.’"