Miami Vice: NBC to Make Series of Cop Drama

A reboot of the cop drama “Miami Vice” is in the works at NBC.

The team behind the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise is initiating with Vin Diesel’s production company, One Race Television, and Chris Morgan Productions. Morgan has written six of the “Fast & Furious” films to date.

One Race TV is under a deal at Universal TV, the studio behind the “Miami Vice” project.

Peter Macmanus will write the script, based on the original series.

Original Miami Vice

The original “Miami Vice” aired on NBC from 1984-1990 for five seasons (112 episodes). It starred Don Johnson as James “Sonny” Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo Tubbs, two Miami narcotics detectives. It also starred Saundra Santiago, Edward James Olmos, and Michael Talbott. It featured a long list of guest stars that included Gene Simmons, Pam Grier, Laurence Fishburne, Viggo Mortensen, and John Leguizamo.

Michael Mann executive produced the original series, and then produced and direct the 2006 film adaptation starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell.

The project would mark the latest in a long string of TV series reboots and revivals in recent years. To name just a few: Netflix rebooted the classic sitcom “One Day at a Time,” in addition to commissioning the series continuations “Fuller House” and “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”; CBS will premiere a reboot of the police drama “S.W.A.T.” in the 2017-2018 season, while the network’s reboot of “MacGyver” is going into its second season and “Hawaii Five-O” is going into its eighth; The CW will debut a new version of “Dynasty” this fall; and Disney is rebooting “DuckTales” in August.

NBC rebooted Liam Neeson’s “Taken” franchise, and the series goes into its second season.