Writer Cynthia Cidre has been hired to pen TNT’s new remake of the classic TV drama: Dallas.
TNT along with show producers Warner Horizon are keeping the storyline a secret, however the original idea was to have the series center on J.R. and Sue Ellen’s son John Ross and Bobby and Pam’s adopted son Christopher. The studio is placing this concept on the back-burner and is awaitingCidre’s draft for the new show and the Ewing family story line.
Currently, there no talks between actors (original or new) and a rep for Warner Horizon was quoted as saying the three original stars “may or may not be a part of” the new Dallas.
Patrick Duffy, who played Bobby in the original series, Larry Hagman (J.R.) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) were approached a couple months ago about potentially reprising their roles.
Dallas is one of the longest-running soaps in television. It premiered in 1978 and ran for 13 successful seasons on CBS.
Dallas ended its run in 1991 and spawned successful spin-off series Knots Landing which came to a close in 1993. The series produced the famous Who Shot JR storyline which has since been copied by soaps such as EastEnders and Hollyoaks along with a spoof on The Simpsons entitled Who Shot Mr. Burns?
The TV arm of Warner Bros. retains rights to the show through a 1989 acquisition of show producer Lorimar Television. Film rights are now currently owned by New Regency who has been trying to get a movie project for the series off the ground for some time. In 2006, rumors spread of a movie adaptation staring John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez in 2006.
Cidre created and produced Cane, the Jimmy Smits family crime drama along with executive producing the A&E pilot Danny Fricke.
The feature film Mambo Kings was also written by Cidre along with an Emmy nomination for A Killing in a Small Town in 1990.
The wildly popular series focused on the exploits of a group of Texas oil millionaires, centering on both their shady business dealings and their rocky personal relationships. At the center of the show was the Ewing family, who often had to fight off the mischievous Ken Barnes, as well as others trying to bring them down. On the series, Linda Gray starred as Sue Ellen, LarryHagman was J.R., Patrick Duffy was Bobby and the recently deceased Barbara Bel Geddes, who won an Emmy for the show, starred as Miss Ellie.
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