It looks as if one of the seminal action shows of the 1980s may be heading back to the screen. A re-imagining of Miami Vice is being touted at NBC with none other than Vin Diesel attached as a producer – though his role is believed to be firmly behind the scenes rather than in any acting capacity. But given his central role in the Fast & Furious franchise, there’s little doubt that he knows the territory of flash cars, hot women and dangerous crimes well enough.
NBC screened the original series which ran from 1984 to 1990 which starred Don Johnson as James Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo Tubbs – two mismatched police partners patrolling the glamorous Floridian area wearing flashy clothes and accompanied by cutting edge soundtracks. The show boasted significant guest-stars and memorable music and ignited the careers of, in particular, Don Johnson and director Michael Mann.
Mann later brought the concept back to the screen in a one-off cinematic story, a 2006 production that featured Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx in the central roles. Though passable, it failed to ignite the expected franchise opportunities.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Peter Macmanus, who penned the recent adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist, is attached to write the prospective pilot.