The popular ’80s action series Magnum P.I. starring Tom Selleck is making a comeback complete with Hawaiian shirts and probably less mustache.
ABC has picked up MAGNUM, which will serve as a sequel to the classic series, with a script commitment plus substantial penalty. The project comes from Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and John Rogers and will follow Magnum’s daughter, Lily “Tommy” Magnum, who returns to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father’s PI firm. She and herfriends mix tropical beaches with the seedy underbelly of international crime and modern espionage, even as she tries to unravel the mystery of the blown spy operation that ended her career in Navy Intelligence.
Longoria will serve as executive producer alongside Ben Spector under UnbeliEVAble at Universal TV. Rogers is set to write the script and also executive produce with Jennifer Court under his Kung Fu Monkey banner.
The original series was created by Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson and ran for eight seasons on CBS. The new sequel won’t be the first time Lily has been introduced. She appeared in four episodes and following the death of her mom, she was reunited with her birth father who at the end of the series vowed to provide a stable home for her.
Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment recently sold the comedy Big of Me to NBC. Longoria and Spector also worked together on the comedy series Telenovela and Devious Maids
Rogers created the hit The Librarians, Leverage, and The Player on NBC.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by Deadline.