Even after 44 years, when the the fate of the world is teetering on the brink, there’s only one thing you can do — and ABC‘s about to do it: Get Christie Love. Power creator/showrunner Courtney Kemp and producers Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious), Debra Martin Chase and Shana C. Waterman have received a green light from the network for a remake pilot for the action-drama series. Written by Kemp and starring Pitch‘s Kylie Bunbury, the project will be a co-production between Lionsgate Television and Universal Television; and is inspired by the cult 1974 “blaxploitation” television movie Get Christie Love! as well as the short-lived ABC follow-up series.
Here’s a quick synopsis for ABC’s Get Christie Love (sans “!”):
Get Christie Love is an action-packed, music-driven drama that centers on Christie Love, an African American female CIA agent who leads an elite ops unit. She transforms into whomever she needs to be to get the job done, especially when it’s down to the wire and the stakes are life and death. The high-adrenaline missions of the series are anchored by an emotional mystery about Christie’s first love — unearthing the truth about this relationship will be the biggest mission impossible of her life.
The pilot announcement comes as the next step in a series of important firsts. ABC’s Get Christie Love! starred Teresa Graves and premiered in 1974 as the first hour-long drama to ever have an African-American actress as its lead. Now, the pilot is being ordered by the first black woman ever appointed broadcast network president, ABC’s Channing Dungey; produced by Uni TV, the first major U.S. television studio headed by a black woman president, Pearlena Igbokwe; and spearheaded by Kemp, who for a time was the only black woman to serve as showrunner on a premium drama series.
Get Christie Love is a personal passion project of Kemp’s, who began working on a potential remake before Power was sold to Starz because of her love and respect for the original character’s poise, strength, and femininity. In 2014, Kemp debuted as showrunner on Power; and for the next four seasons, the series would see a steady growth in viewers and strong ratings success.
Kemp executive produces via her production company End of Episode, along with Diesel and Waterman through One Race Television and Martin Chase through Martin Chase Productions.