‘Hawaii Five-0′ Planning New Twist on Classic Original Episode

by | November 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM | Hawaii Five-O

Alex O'Loughlin in "Hawaii Five-0" (Photo: CBS)

All things old are new again and the successful reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” is a perfect example of that. Now, the CBS procedural drama goes one better when it starts filming an updated version of an episode from the original series.

According to EW.com, the “Hookman” episode will be modernized to bring it into the 21st century.

“It was a stand-out and a fan-favorite,” executive producer Peter Lenkov told EW. “It sort of came to everyone’s mind — everyone remembered ‘Hookman.’”

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In the original “Hookman” episode, an amputee, played by double amputee Jay J. Ames, determines to kill every member of the police department that he holds responsible for his loss of limbs — including Steve McGarrett (back then played by Jack Lord).

The new “Hookman” will star Peter Weller, who will also direct, in the title role, but there will be tonal changes, according to Lenkov, in order to accommodate the updated style of the show. One of those changes is that the connection to Hookman is through McGarrett’s father, not McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) himself.

“What we usually go back for is character,” Lenkov told XfinityTV.com in an interview last May. “We try to mine things in the back story of McGarrett or the back story of Danny (Scott Caan). We go back to the original show and mine it for recurring characters and bring them to life in our show. Another thing is location. We look for locations they used and try to mirror them on our show… I think for the most part, it is mining the mythology and essence of the show and keeping that alive.”

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The updated version of “Hookman” will air in early 2013.