In this day and age of sequels and reboots, it's sometimes surprising that a property hasn't been revisited yet. One of them is the hit TV series Columbo, which ran in various incarnations between 1971 and 2003, starring Peter Falk as the brash L.A.P.D. homicide detective with brilliant deductive skills. While a movie reboot isn't officially happening, it may have gotten a big push forward by screenwriter Gary Whitta (After Earth), who sent out a series of tweets earlier this week, suggesting that he wants to see Mark Ruffalo as the new Columbo.
I just imagined a contemporary episode of #Columbo with Kelsey Grammer as a murderous media baron and now I’m not getting any sleep tonight.— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 15, 2014
Look at this man, how is this NOT the Columbo of today? pic.twitter.com/Vl8heHmGve— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 15, 2014
Surprisingly, Mark Ruffalo himself responded through his verified Twitter account, revealing that he has been "working on it," and that he has been approached by screenwriter Ed Solomon (Now You See Me) to turn it into a movie.
@garywhitta LOL. I have been working on it!— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 15, 2014
Ed Solomon and Gary Whitta aren't the only filmmakers on board, although it seems that while Mark Ruffalo is eyeing a movie treatment of Columbo, others such as Brian Koppelman and even Gary Whitta want to bring it back on the small screen as well. There are also a number of suggestions for notable guest stars.
@garywhitta I am 100 percent behind this as long as Levien and I get to direct an ep season one!— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) July 16, 2014
Just thinking about all the A-list actors who would line up to guest-star and get outwitted by Columbo gives me chills!— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 16, 2014
If Columbo was around today with the same caliber of guest stars it’d be like Sarandon, McConaughey, Fassbender, Weaver EVERY WEEK. Imagine.— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 15, 2014
However, Mark Ruffalo chimed in again on Twitter just minutes ago, revealing that Universal has the rights to Columbo, and they are developing as a TV series. He also added that it's unclear if Ed Solomon's movie pitch will be received well at Universal.
@garywhitta It seems Universal has it and is already developing a TV show. Boo hoo.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 16, 2014
@garywhitta That's an idea. Ed Solomon pitched the movie idea to me about a month ago. Does universal have an appetite for it is the ?.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 16, 2014