Syfy adapts Brit hit “Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)”

RandallHopkirkoriginalcover First on Variety: Syfy is developing a new take on 1960s U.K. detective hit “Randall and
Hopkirk (Deceased).”

Cabler has given a pilot order to the updated
project, from ITV Studios. Josh Bycel (“Scrubs”) and Jonathan Fener
(“American Dad”) are writing the show and will exec produce.

attached as an exec producer is Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment’s Howard
Braunstein (“The Memory Keeper’s Daughter).

“Randall and Hopkirk
(Deceased)” centered on a cop killed in the line of duty — Hopkirk —
who then returns as a ghost to resume assisting his partner (Randall,
natch) in fighting crime.

“Josh and Jonathan have found a great
way to update the buddy-cop formula with a supernatural twist,” said
Syfy original programming exec VP Mark Stern.

The original
“Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)” was created by Dennis Spooner and
starred Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope as the duo. ITV ran 26 episodes
between 1968 and 1969.

A remake starring Vic Reeves and Bob
Mortimer ran for two cycles on BBC1 in 2000 and 2001.

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