‘Miami Vice’ Reboot in Works at NBC From Vin Diesel

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A reboot of classic cop drama “Miami Vice” is in the works at NBCVariety has learned.

The project hails from the team behind the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise with Vin Diesel’s production company, One Race Television, teaming up with Chris Morgan Productions, which is headed by Chris Morgan. Morgan has written six of the “Fast & Furious” films to date. However, no executive producers have been locked in yet, as deals are still being hammered out.

One Race TV is under a deal at Universal Television, which is the studio behind the “Miami Vice” project.

Peter Macmanus will write the script, based on the original series. While executive producers haven’t been set, it’s more than likely Macmanus, Morgan, and Diesel will all serve as EPs, along with more staffers from One Race TV, and Chris Morgan Prods, including Ainsley Davies. Shana Waterman, head of TV for One Race, shepherded the project.

The original “Miami Vice” aired on NBC from 1984-1990 for five seasons (112 episodes). It starred Don Johnson as James “Sonny” Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo Tubbs, two Miami narcotics detectives. It also starred Saundra Santiago, Edward James Olmos, and Michael Talbott. It featured a long list of guest stars that included Gene Simmons, Pam Grier, Laurence Fishburne, Viggo Mortensen, and John Leguizamo. Michael Mann executive produced the original series, and went on to produce and direct the 2006 film adaptation starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell.

Should the project move forward, it would mark the latest in a long string of TV series reboots and revivals in recent years. To name just a few: Netflix rebooted the classic sitcom “One Day at a Time,” in addition to commissioning the series continuations “Fuller House” and “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”; CBS will premiere a reboot of the police drama “S.W.A.T.” in the 2017-2018 season, while the network’s reboot of “MacGyver” is going into its second season and “Hawaii Five-O” is going into its eighth; The CW will debut a new version of “Dynasty” this fall; and Disney is rebooting “DuckTales” in August. As for NBC, the network rebooted Liam Neeson’s “Taken” franchise, and the series is heading into its second season. Plus, “Will & Grace” is heading back to NBC with the original cast.

Morgan, Davies, and Chris Morgan Productions are repped by ICM and McKuin Frankel. Macmanus is repped by UTA.

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  1. Marcelo Miami says:

    Please create something new! I’m just tired of new versions, reboots, remakes, etc. If they fall short on talent to create new stuff this reboot will be a disaster… look what they did with the movie…

  2. Dave C says:

    The first Fast & Furious movie was kind of like Miami Vice (more accurately, it was a lot of Point Break). But I doubt a reboot would last longer than 6 episodes. I liked the flawed 2006 movie.

  3. Bets Crawford says:

    NO! Miami Vice was taylor made for the 80’s, the look, the feel of the show, the cars, the fashion, THE MUSIC, you can not replicate that kind of show. So leave it in the 80’s, come up with something new.

  4. dana caldwell says:

    This is tricky. if Michael Mann couldn’t do the series any justice in the movie i doubt Vin can replicate the style, class and dramatic tension that made the original series episodes look like movies. I would prefer they just do something else. but. whatever…

  5. J.kutch says:

    This will be genius..and successful..if they bring back don johnson…maybe as an older captain?? Perhaps playing Edward james olmos roll..

    • J.kutch says:

      This will be genius..and successful..if they bring back don johnson…maybe as an older captain?? Perhaps playing Edward james olmos roll…i guess im one of the few that believes it can be done..if its done right.

  6. Rena Moretti says:

    How do you spell “stupid”: A-B-C-N-B-C-C-B-S-F-O-X-C-W

    Audiences have massively rejected all reboots and remakes, yet, they make more…

    How to destroy a once great industry…

    • Hmmm, dunno about all. The Hawaii 50 reboot has been going strong for 7 seasons, heading into their 8th.

      Lethal Weapon has been highly successful (mind you not a true reboot as it is based on the movie and not a prior series)

      MacGyver, gets great ratings.

  7. Tim Collins says:

    I’d rather see a re-boot of ‘I Love Lucy’, with Kathy Griffin and Reba as twin cousins who become undercover nuns and run a brewery for the living dead, werewolves and parolees in Milwaukee, Tim Conway or Samuel L. Jackson as their boss! OK, maybe Jim Nabors, Howie Long and Morgan Freeman do guest shots!

  8. Daniel Rivera says:

    I would make a few adjustments.
    One idea is have Crockett’s Son Billy and Eddie Rivera’s Son be the leads this time around. Remember in the original pilot back in 1984, Eddie Rivera Sr. (played by Jimmy Smits) was killed off and his widow was pregnant with his kid. You would need to mix some of the old with the new cast wise. You bring back PMT as Tubbs, only this time, as the new LT. You bring Johnson back, only this time, as not only Billy’s Dad, but a mentor to him. The main focus would be the new cast.

    If Vin and Co., do this right, it could be a HUGE success.

  9. Chuck says:

    Great news, Vin Diesel-Jamie Fox & Dick Wolf need not apply… just saying.

  10. Rhiscfactor says:

    One reason the film failed was because of the cast of a “Strong female” as Tubbs’ detective squeeze. She is very average and moved no one. The other reason is that the actors were just too Not Miami Vice. I like them, as has been said, they’re good; I even enjoyed watching them. But they didn’t pull it off. They should have aimed for the sky and cast Will Smith as Tubbs. My Crockett? Keep in mind this was over 10 years ago. My choice is a risk, but I really feel he’d have had the look and the feel: Scott Baio. I don’t care about the backlash. I’d have banked on that pair, even perhaps having Smith play Crockett and Baio play Tubbs.
    A female in either role would be a huge, huge, huge mistake. Females in both roles would be a better take, but I wouldn’t watch it, that’s a totally different show. Not too many female drug bosses out there, moving product and running game with thugs. Why in the world would two women fit in this deep cover world, in that particular role.

  11. Jeff says:

    No Tubbs should not be played by a Female. It’s bad enough they are talking of a reboot and you want to ruin it even more.

  12. Aaron says:

    No just plain No.But if this goes ahead Tubbs should be played by a female.Way things are going this is likely.I don’t mean this in a sexist way.I will be watching Dr.Who for the first time in a longtime.Crockett is a alpha male so if you’re making a reboot cast a strong female actress as Tubbs.Ps:if this happens. they don’t fall in love lol

  13. singsongsoy says:

    one word says it all: NO

  14. Jeff says:

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!! Let me repeat HELL NO!!!! The movie was a train wreck and this is certain to be. Leave the old shows alone already.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Audiences say “NO” to all remakes, yet the executives make more while the L.A. Times grills executives, not on their crappy shows with bad actors and no ratings but on why they’re not PC enough in their casting choices…

  15. Cecil B da Mill says:

    I had an acid reflux attack and projectile vomited across the room. Great green horny toads Vin Diesel as Sonny Crockett , what planet am I on? Of course if you have yr own Prod Co you can star JoJo the Monkey as Sir Lawrence Olivier

  16. MrT says:

    Without Michael Mann or a similar visionary filmmaker overseeing the style, music, wardrobe, cinematography, architectural/location choices and wonderfully bloated sense of gravitas, what have you got left? Another lame procedural with a phony sense of place.

  17. Fran says:

    They need to understand that the Florida Entertainment Incentive program is DOA. Ballers had to move Season 3 to California b/c there are only meager financial resources available to productions in the state.
    The original Miami Vice, Burn Notice, et al were the recipients of some really lucrative monetary concessions which no longer exist, as of 2014.

  18. Joe says:

    Please do not reboot Miami Vice. The magic of that show was captured at the right time of life. It can NEVER EVER be captured again. The fast and furious was a boring franchise about fast cars doing pathetic CGI stunts. Miami vice was dark yet colorful realistic events that took place in a non tourist town. With out special effects. Bottom line it will never work. There is only one Crockett and Tubbs. Leave it alone, go make another fast and furious.

  19. BillUSA says:

    No, no, for the love of God, no. Enough with the under-whelming reboots.

    Creativity in entertainment is truly dead.

  20. heyitsron says:

    Yes, we get it that Dynasty is a new version. With new people. New cast. And a roll of the dice. But what about Miami Vice? I’ve been championing this move for a long time. But to be successful you bring back as many original cast members you can. Because they not only know how to do it, they also fit the mold. And from 1984 to 1990 with 112 episodes, that is a mold to remember. And you make it as close to the original as can be done. A Ferrari. Remember the earlier car, a rebadged Corvette to mimic the Ferrari Daytona? Made Ferrari mad. Really mad. So mad Ferrari gave the set two (2) Testarossas to use in filming. Even Don would rent a Ferrari when he visited California to keep up the image. None of that crap Jeffrey Donovan drove on Burn Notice. But for the real deal–a Ferrari. And you do it, you bring it back, in MIAMI–the only place to have it. And you can be sure the original cast is more than willing to work out, prep for the show, and get in shape although it didn’t do David Hasselhoff any good for his cameo in the recent movie version of Baywatch which bombed miserably because–no original cast. And you don’t R rate a movie like that with no female nudity. What were they thinking? They weren’t.

    • cadavra says:

      “bring back as many original cast members you can”

      You do realize they’re all in their 60s now, right? That should make for some exciting action scenes! Hell, the Demo wouldn’t even watch “The Mysteries of Laura,” whose oldest cast member was 43!

      • cadavra says:

        This has nothing to do with ageism–though you’re correct that it exists–and everything to do with police officers retiring in their 40s and 50s. Watching a bunch of people pushing 70 engaged in car chases and shootouts is absolutely ludicrous unless it’s made by Mel Brooks.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Its by thinking in ageist terms that Hollywood has destroyed its product.

  21. Sammyglick says:

    Based on the Fast & Furious franchise, this is a creative trainwreck waiting to happen. This reboot will fail without Mann’s involvement. Period. End of story.

    • heyitsron says:

      Mann failed himself by casting new characters in the film adaptation. I can’t believe such stupidity. I’m sure Don and Michael would have been more than willing to again reprise their original TV roles. This isn’t to say Foxx and Farrell aren’t accomplished actors. Just to do it right you go with what you had, still have, and have the good sense to bring them back in roles no other can handle. Based on this I wouldn’t trust the reboot under Mann which is probably why he’s out.

  22. Dunstan says:

    You can’t “reboot” “Miami Vice.” That show was linked to a very specific time period and its music. Any reboot will pair another couple of guys doing some pale imitation of what at the time, was a relatively ground-breaking one-hour. It may stay on for years, assuming it gets picked up but just like the reboot of “Hawaii 5-0,” this one will just turn out to be a lame, pedestrian remake.

    • heyitsron says:

      Which is why it will fail before it gets off the drawing board. You do it right or you don’t do it at all. Now if they’re looking for a tax write-off we all get screwed.

      • chrisbraven says:

        Hawaii 5-0 is going until it’s fifth season. That’s not a pedestrian stat. Are you seriously unable to place the concept in modern times? There is enough culture and music in Miami to do it. It’s all about the casting. I think the production experience of the FandF team could pull off a vibe and a look. It’s going to be about the cast. It will be nowhere near as campy as the original. It’ll be gritty. I will give it a chance. IF they can get the casting right. And let’s face it, that will come down to Crockett. I can think of three great AfAm men who could rock Tubbs. But Crockett? American actors? I can’t call it right now. If they get some TV ish, pretty boy milquetoast, the series is toast. I don’t think Vin Diesel will allow that to happen.

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