Elizabeth Banks made her feature directorial debut with Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2, a comedy that went on to make nearly ten times its budget at the box office. Giving Banks more directing opportunities makes sense; pairing her talents up with Sony’s plans to reboot the Charlie’s Angels feature franchise could be the next step in the right direction, both for her career and the studio’s property.
THR reports that Sony is currently in talks with Banks to helm the reboot, one that will see the famous trio of female operatives take to the screen under the guidance of the mysterious Charlie, alongside their male sidekick, John Bosley. Banks is still in negotiations, but if they work things out, she’d also be producing the picture alongside her husband Max Handelman. The plans are then to start a search for a screenwriter to pen the reboot. There are no details as to casting at the moment.
Charlie’s Angels originally began as a 1976 TV series starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, with David Doyle as Bosley. The show gained success after being written off early in its existence and went on to run for five seasons. The next iteration came by way of Sony’s 2000 film Charlie’s Angels, and the 2003 follow-up Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Bill Murray. Those films enjoyed box office success, even if they were critically lukewarm. The latest reboot came in the version of ABC’s 2011 series starring Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor; the show was canceled early in its first season.
Watch the various iterations of Charlie’s Angels over the years with the 1970s television intro, a trailer for the 2000 film, and a promo for the recent TV reboot: