Somebody ought to call Joan Collins, because "Dynasty" creators Richard and Esther Shapiro are planning to bring the iconic nighttime soap opera to the big screen, the duo announced on Wednesday.
The news comes on the heels of 20th Century Fox's DVD release of "The A-Team," the latest in a series of popular TV shows that have made the jump to features.
That list also includes "Charlie's Angels," "Starsky & Hutch," "Sex and the City" and Sony's upcoming revamp of "21 Jump Street."
“The time is right,” said Esther Shapiro. “Nostalgia has always been big, but we want to take it a step further. We want to go back to the beginning with these characters and use the film to trace their roots. We’re taking Blake Carrington back to his young manhood and when he met Alexis, and setting the movie in the 'Mad Men' era of the 1960s. It will give us the opportunity to start fresh, without the constraints that television placed on our characters in the series.”
“In a way, these characters were prisoners in television,” added Richard Shapiro. “We were always constrained by the smaller budget of a TV series, and all the standards and practices that governed the content of the show. In the movie, if we want to have some James Bond style action, we can afford to do that. If we want to have a steamy love scene, we can do that. If we want to go a few steps beyond what they would allow on 1980s TV, we can move ahead those few steps, and then some.”
The Shapiros are currently writing the script with plans to put the film into production sometime over the next year, though there is no release date set.
Regardless of when it hits theaters, the "Dynasty" movie will present a new take on the characters, with a nod to where they eventually wound up at the end of the show.
“We’re taking the Dynasty family to places they’ve never been before,” said Richard. “It’s fun, because the fans of the show will know from the series where each of the characters end up, eventually, but what they won’t know is how they get there. There will be some very unlikely twists and situations, and people will not be expecting a lot of what we’re planning. We’re going to do a lot of coloring outside the lines.”
Richard Shapiro recently released his second novel, "Tobacco Brown."