The “Starsky and Hutch” reboot from “Guardians of the Galaxy” helmer James Gunn has landed at Amazon.
The streaming service has given a script order to the project, with plans to pick it up straight-to-series should it move forward.
Gunn will write the script with brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn. They will executive produce with Neal Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Films. It is a co-production between Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios.
Gunn shared the news with a message on Facebook, explaining his passion for the original series. He explained that watching “Starsky and Hutch” as a kid instilled in him “a lifelong love of gritty street shows, of killer 70’s threads, and muscle cars.” He also shared why he believes Amazon to be the best home for the project.
“Out of all the places that wanted to finance the pilot script, we chose Amazon,” Gunn wrote. “At Amazon I believed we would have the most freedom to create something that is different, challenges the audience, and that strays outside the parameters of genre from time to time.”
The original “Starsky and Hutch” starred David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser as the eponymous cops and signed off in 1979 after four seasons. A 2004 film adaptation from director Todd Phillips starred Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.