The Ironside remake is officially a thing that’s happening and to my frank amazement, I’m sort of intrigued. Ironside, along with Columbo and Murder She Wrote (Which, in my head is the story of the world’s most terrifyingly prolific serial killer masquerading as a nice old lady crime writer and part-time sleuth) was part of that trifecta of shows I always seemed to have to suffer through every time we visited my Grandma when I was a kid. Those and Miss Marple.
Now, that’s surely a team up of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-esque proportion; He’s a disabled but brilliant detective! He’s a crumpled but brilliant detective! She’s the most insidiously evil serial killer to walk the Earth! She’s an old lady detective! They fight crime!
However whilst we wait for that show to be commissioned (Which will, I suspect, take a while), there’s the Ironside remake. Here’s how the lovely people at Deadline describe it;
tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases.
You know if they reposition Ironside as something halfway between House as a cop and the more interesting bits of The Bone Collector, I’m really interested to see how it plays out. Blair Underwood is playing Ironside and God knows he’s been knocking on the door for a decent lead role for a while now. Also, the same article confirms Kenneth Choi has signed on as a series regular, playing Ironside’s boss Captain Ed Rollins.
This is great news, because Choi’s been doing consistently excellent guest work for a while now on shows ranging from 24 to Sons of Anarchy and…Glee. Seriously. He was also fun as Jim Morita in Captain America and there are unconfirmed reports he’s in Winter Soldier as well. However, I caught him most recently in the Red Dawn remake where he played one of the older marines. That’s a staggeringly odd, lumpy movie but Choi and Jeffrey Dean Morgan both do really good work in it. Sort of Grumpy Old Men Who Will Kill You Silently And With Vengeance In Their Hearts. Choi’s got dramatic presence, deadpan comedic timing and has no issue with roles that require him getting physical. Him and Underwood butting heads should be great fun to watch.
But still the question remains, who will remake one of the coolest, atonal theme tunes of all time? More news as we get it…