A drama series that aired for six seasons in the 1990s was just greenlighted for a reboot pilot. Freeform announced plans to move forward with “Party of Five,” from the creators of the original Fox series.
The project from Sony Pictures Television will be a “modern reimagining of the groundbreaking original series,” Freeform said.
Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman wrote the pilot with Michal Zebede (“Castle”) and Rodrigo Garcia (“Nine Lives”) is set to direct. Keyser, Lippman and Garcia will executive produce and Zebede is co-executive producer.
“The new iteration of ‘Party of Five’ is a modern twist on the original series, following the five Buendías children as they struggle to survive together as a family after their parents are deported to Mexico,” Freeform said.
In a joint statement included in the announcement, Lippman and Keyser said: “Twenty-five years ago, we imagined a story about five kids navigating the world after the untimely death of their parents. Today, stories of families being separated, children having to raise themselves in the wake of their parents’ deportations, don’t require any imagination; they are everywhere. This new iteration of ‘Party of Five’ isn’t a retread of the original; it’s a whole new look at kids trying to parent each other in the wake of circumstances beyond their control, yet learning a similar lesson: that families persist no matter how great the obstacles.”
Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of Programming and Development, added: “From the moment we heard that Amy and Chris were updating their iconic series with this timely and powerful twist, we knew we had to have this pilot. We’re honored to be the home for the next, brilliant iteration of their vision.”