A TV series that developed a cult following during its original run — but not enough of one to save it from cancellation after four seasons — is coming back to life more than a decade after it got the ax.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that a reboot of “The 4400” is in the works at the CW. The original science-fiction series ran on USA Network from 2004-2007.
Created by Rene Echevarria and Scott Peters, the original series starred Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Mahershala Ali, Laura Allen, Patrick Flueger and Megalyn Echikunwoke.
“Craig Sweeny (‘Limitless’), who was a writer and producer on the original series, is co-writing the pilot with Taylor Elmore (‘Justified’); both will serve as executive producers, and Elmore will be the showrunner if it goes to series,” THR reports. “The project comes from CBS Studios, where both writers have deals.”
THR adds: “Like the original, the new series would explore what happens when 4,400 people — all of whom were in their reproductive primes — who went missing over the past 60 years return all at once, not having aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them, at the sites of their abductions. They must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world, and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.”