Amazon is currently developing a script-to-series original version of “Starsky & Hutch” James Gunn, the director and co-writer of the mega-hit movie “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Amazon announced.
“A co-production with Sony Pictures Television Studios and a continuation of the original 1970s series, the project will be a character-driven one-hour procedural for Prime Video that deconstructs the buddy cop genre in the same entertaining way that Gunn did with the science fiction genre,” the announcement notes.
Amazon adds: “The project is anticipated to be executive produced by James Gunn, writing partners Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, and Neal Moritz (‘Preacher’) and Pavun Shetty (‘New Girl’). ‘ Starsky & Hutch’ will be written by Brian and Mark, based on an idea by James.” Moritz’s Original Films has a deal with Sony.
Said James Gunn in the announcement, “When I was a kid, ‘Starsky & Hutch’ was the first ‘adult’ show I ever saw, and I fell in love. 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 & 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.”
The announcement also notes: “Created by William Blinn and produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions, the original series, which aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979, centered on two detectives, the streetwise David Michael Starsky (played by Paul Michael Glaser) and the by-the-book Kenneth Richard ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (David Soul), traversing the streets of the fictional Bay City, California, in a two-door Ford Gran Torino.”
Here’s a clip we found on YouTube of the original opening and closing of the series. The musical theme is by jazzman Tom Scott.