According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is in talks with Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks to direct a reboot of the short-lived Charlie’s Angels film series, itself based on the Aaron Spelling produced ABC TV series starring Jaclyn Smith throughout its run and, at various times, Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Ladd, Tanya Roberts and Kate Jackson as detectives working for the never-seen-but-only-heard Charlie Townsend.
“Banks will also produce with her husband and producing partner Max Handelman,” writes THR. “The studio and producers will begin a search for a writer to tackle the reboot.”
And while they’re at it, she should voice Charlie, keeping a little of the meta-humor that made the 2000 film, directed by McG, fun. It, and the 2003 follow-up, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, were produced by Drew Barrymore, who also starred. The second film was not well received. A short-lived 2011 TV series also failed to inspire interest.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before they tried it again and Banks is a good choice to take it on. While negotiations continue, though, feel free to wish-cast the film. Just don’t expect Bill Murray to come back as Bosley. He reportedly had a bad time on the set of the first film.