Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) is directing the reboot of the popular ’70s TV series and the hit 2000 and 2003 comedies, which grossed $264 million and $259 million worldwide, respectively.
Charlie’s Angels follows three female detectives and their male sidekick Bosley who kick ass and solve cases on behalf of a mysterious benefactor named Charlie.
Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith originated the roles on TV, while Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu starred in the most recent Charlie’s Angels films.
This time around, the Tracking Board hears that at least one of the Angels will be black, and that Hidden Figures and Moonlight star Janelle Monae is at the top of the studio’s wishlist.
To be clear, casting hasn’t officially started since the script isn’t even finished yet, which is why you won’t see Ms. Monae in our headline, and there is no photo of her in this story about the screenplay. It is a fun rumor to chew on while we wait, but it is a rumor all the same.
That said, The Tracking Board also hears that Sony will soon assign Charlie’s Angels a prime 2019 release date, so this project is certainly heating up on the Culver City lot.
Evan Spiliotopoulos was the first writer hired on Charlie’s Angels, which Banks is also producing with Max Handelman via their Brownstone production company. Andrea Giannetti is overseeing the project for Sony, which has made a concerted effort of late to cater to female movie fans.
The studio backed a female-led Ghostbusters reboot and the upcoming Scarlett Johansson comedy Rough Night, and it’s also gearing up for a remake of Miss Bala while developing a Barbie movie.
Miro and Bernard write and executive produce the terrific Netflix series Narcos, and they also wrote HBO’s upcoming Andrew Jackson movie American Lion, which is slated to star Sean Penn. Not only do the duo have experience writing big-budget tentpoles, but they also had a hand in writing a Bermuda Triangle movie that Sam Raimi may soon direct for Skydance.
Miro and Bernard are represented by UTA.
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