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Star Wars Writer Eyeing Columbo Reboot

Just one more thing…

No, this isn’t the conclusion of an Apple conference, but instead a reminder of one of the great detectives; Columbo.

And in a day where reboots – or ‘reimaginings’, if you will – are all the rage, it may be time for the raincoat-clad cop to return in the modern age.

In an interview on Kinda Funny‘s TheGameOverGreggy podcast, Star Wars: Rogue One writer Gary Whitta talked about his “dream project” and just how far we are away from seeing it become a reality, while also revealing a current superhero movie director who reignited his passion for progression.

“We had an initial conversation with NBC and they basically shut us down. So it laid fallow for a little while, but part of what maybe got it going again is Josh Trank…I became friendly with him and he is like the biggest Columbo fan on the planet. After I started talking about Columbo online, he sent me this massive long email…and he got excited about it. So there is actually renewed effort at the moment. There’s me, and Josh, and a couple of other people who are in the wings on it who are trying to figure out if there is actually a way to do it.”

The man mooted to play the great detective himself is Avengers star Mark Ruffalo, who has previously shown an interest in the project but is, according to Whitta, “super booked up and also his attitude would be like, because we haven’t had a real conversation with him yet, but he’d be like ‘Yeah, I’m open to it, but I’ve got to hear what the actual idea is.’”

While a definitive plan for any possible series is still under consideration, Whitta has given an indication how he would like to proceed with it when it comes to series production.

“The way that we would want to do it is as a limited event series, You’d put it on Netflix, HBO, whatever … you wouldn’t do 22 episodes, because, again, the original Columbo was never that.”

Columbo starred Peter Falk and aired from 1968 to 2003, a total of 69 episodes.


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