Amazon is getting into the James Gunn business.
In a competitive situation, the retail giant and streamer has landed the Starsky and Hutch TV reboot from Guardians of the Galaxy mastermind James Gunn. Amazon has handed out a script-to-series commitment to the drama from Gunn, his brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn (meaning if the script comes in well, Amazon would order the drama straight to series).
The potential series is slated to be a continuation of the original 1970s show and is described as a character-driven drama that deconstructs the buddy-cop genre in the same way that Gunn did with sci-fi and Guardians of the Galaxy. The project is a co-production between Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios.
“Chekhov said if you have a gun in the room, it's going to go off. We can't wait to see what three Gunns do with Starsky and Hutch,” Amazon head of comedy, drama and VR Joe Lewis said Thursday in a statement.
The Starsky and Hutch project is Gunn's first TV foray for his Troll Court Entertainment banner. Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn are writing the script based on an idea that James Gunn developed between writing Guardians 3 and starting preproduction on the feature. James Gunn and Brian Gunn previously worked together on web parody series PG Porn, which has more than 100 million hits; yet another Gunn, Sean, stars as Kraglin in the Guardians franchise; and Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn are a writing duo who previously penned Journey to the Center of the Earth 2. James Gunn may direct a potential pilot should the drama move forward at Amazon and it works with his busy schedule.