Hawaii Five-O: According to Variety, Warner Bros. has acquired remake rights to Hawaii Five-O, with Ocean's Twelve scribe George Nolfi set to write the script.
Considering its lush Oahu setting, popular theme song and signature lead detective character Steve McGarrett(played by Jack Lord), "Hawaii Five-O" is perhaps the most remake-friendly TV series not previously under studio control.
Several studios tried over the years to catch the wave with seven-figure offers, but Litto held out for a pact that gave him and Freeman's estate creative input. He set a timetable on sequels and ensured that his family would be involved even after he dies, much the way the Broccoli clan has steered the James Bond franchise since the death of producer Cubby Broccoli.
CBS broadcast "Hawaii Five-O" from 1968 to 1980.
Hawaii Five-O was a specialty unit of the Hawaii State Police, tapped by the governor to take on organized crime. The prime cops were McGarrett and Danny Williams (played by James MacArthur). The elite unit solved crimes and stayed on the tail of Chinese crime kingpin Wo Fat. That villain will anchor the film, as he did the original two-hour series pilot.
Litto said Nolfi has begun writing, and producer and studio hope to be ready to shoot in Oahu and around the state next spring.
The pic's tentative release date is early summer 2006. They are already circling directors and actors.