A reboot of the Charlie’s Angels film franchise is in the works with actress/filmmaker Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) in talks to direct.
Banks has been in demand since she scored a big hit last spring with her directorial debut Pitch Perfect 2, in which she also co-starred. In the past few months, numerous stories in the media have speculated about Banks’s future directorial projects, including that she is in talks to direct a feature film adaptation of the fantasy YA novel Red Queen.
The original Charlie’s Angels film franchise memorably starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Lui as the trio of private detectives. It was an adaptation of the 1970s TV series originally starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. The first big screen version was a hit at the box office in 2000, but the follow-up, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, was a disappointment. A 2011 revival of the TV series was pulled after only four episodes.
In addition to casting changes, the plots of the various incarnations evolved with the times. The first TV series, which debuted during the women’s movement, was about three female police officers who turned to private detective work because of sexism in the police force. The big screen franchise in the early 2000s focused on the family relationships of the characters and stressed their determination to do their jobs without using guns. It will be interesting to learn about the angle of the upcoming reboot.
If the deal goes through, Banks will also serve as one of the film’s producers, alongside her husband and production partner Max Handelman.
As for her onscreen career, Banks will soon reprise her role as Effie in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2, out Nov. 20.