The CW is in development on a reboot of “The 4400,” TheWrap has learned.
Co-written and executive produced by Craig Sweeny and Taylor Elmore, the drama from CBS Television Studios is a reimagining of the USA network series which ran for four seasons beginning in 2004.
In the series, 4,400 young adults in their reproductive prime have gone missing all over the world — some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the infamous day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day; none have any memory of where they’ve been. The so-called “4400” must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world… and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.
Elmore, who is under an overall deal at the studio alongside Sweeny, is attached to serve as showrunner on the reboot should the project move forward.
The original run of “The 4400,” created by Scott Peters and René Echevarria, featured a broad ensemble cast including Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Mahershala Ali, Patrick Flueger and Conchita Campbell.
Sweeny was a writer and supervising producer on the series throughout its four-season run, later going on to create the “Limitless” adaptation for CBS and co-create the upcoming drama “The Code.” Elmore’s credits include the upcoming CBS series “Blood & Treasure” and FX’s “Justified.
The CW has one other reboot in development this season, a new take on the soapy drama “The L.A. Complex” from original series creator Martin Gero and “Blindspot” co-executive producer Brendan Gall.