We have to admit, nobody at The Flickcast offices were really happy when news broke that CBS would be remaking Hawaii Five-0. Then we heard some of the names that are coming along with it.
Not only are Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the hottest sci-fi writing team working today, helping create the new series, but LOST star Daniel Dae-Kim is also attached as Detective Chin Ho Kelly, and now Moonlight’s Alex O’Loughlin is set to take the lead.
The idea for a reboot of the long running cop drama has been bounced around the halls of CBS for nearly two years. The studio originally got excited for the idea back in 2008, but dropped it for lack of interest in the pilot script.
Then, back in October, they were approached by Kurtzman, Orci, and CSI: NY showrunner Peter Lenkov, and loved the idea. O’Loughlin won over a huge fan base after his work on the short-lived Moonlight, and then continued on a few other series.
The actor is currently attached to the lead role of Detective Steve McGarrett, first made famous by Jack Lord.
The original show ran over the span three decades, starting in 1968 and ending in the spring of 1980. The original plot surrounded an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police, run by McGarrett.
A remake of the series may actually work today, considering the formula of most police drama’s and their success rate. Most of the shows focus around a location (CSI: NY, Miami) or focus on a main character who’s loyal yet walks the line of “procedural” and “renegade” (David Caruso, Gary Sinise).
Between that formula, and the team of Orci and Kurtzman writing the pilot, this show could most definitely have legs.