A reboot of “Party of Five” from the original series creators has been given a put pilot commitment at Freeform, TheWrap has learned.
The reboot of the ’90s Fox drama, from writer-executive producers Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, will follow the Buendias siblings as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico.
Rodrigo Garcia will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer. Michael Zebede will also co-executive produce the project from Sony Pictures Television.
News of the reboot comes as the Disney-owned cable network looks to expand its original programming slate after announcing last October plans to expand to a fourth night of originals in 2018.
The push was led by the network’s two new comedies which premiered this month.”Grown-ish,” the “Black-ish” spinoff starring Yara Shahidi, launched on Jan. 3 and The Lonely Island’s “Alone Together” premiered a week later. On the drama side, the network will launch the mermaid drama “Siren” and superhero series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” later this year.
The network is also in development on the period drama “Cleopatra” and has given pilot orders to “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff “The Perfectionists,” the single-camera comedy “Now & Then” and an adaptation of the British supernatural drama “Misfits.”
“Party of Five,” which premiered in 1994 and ran for six seasons on Fox, starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell and Lacey Chabert as siblings who reunited after the sudden death of their parents. A spinoff titled “Time of Your Life,” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, premiered in 1999 but was canceled after one season.