NBC Is Remaking ‘The Rockford Files’

by | July 30, 2009 at 12:49 PM | Reboots & Redos, TV News


Even with the (overdue) dismissal of NBC Universal co-chairman Ben Silverman, NBC doesn’t seem to have learned a lesson from the major FAIL that was the ‘Knight Rider‘ remake last season.

Because they are doing it again, and this time they are taking on a seventies classic.

Variety is reporting that the network is reviving ‘The Rockford Files,’ the hit James Garner series that ran from 1974-1980.

While original ideas are drying up in Hollywood, with both big and small screens flooded with remakes, this one does have something positive working in its favor.

It is coming from ‘House‘ creator David Shore.

“It’s one of the shows that made me want to become a writer,” Shore said. “I had no interest in adapting any old stuff, but this was the one exception.”

James Garner’s ex-con-turned-sleuth, who lived in a Malibu trailer, usually makes any ‘top lists’ of best P.I.’s/detectives/crime solvers, so replacing a much-loved character like Jim Rockford is a risky proposition.

“What makes ‘Rockford’ timeless is that he’s vulnerable, he’s flawed. He’s used to hustling and getting hustled,” Shore said. “Sometimes he’s a hero and sometimes he runs away.”

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