Amazon Studios to reboot RoboCop and Legally Blonde, among others

One year after its acquisition of MGM, Amazon is ready to give new life to the entertainment company’s IPs.

RoboCop Returns is a direct sequel penned by the writers of the original 1987 film but it's never seen the light of the day.
RoboCop Returns is a direct sequel penned by the writers of the original 1987 film but it's never seen the light of the day.

Amazon Studios has already identified several MGM titles due for a reboot and the list includes RoboCop, Stargate, Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, Barbershop, Legally Blonde, The Magnificent Seven, and Fame.

This report is courtesy of Deadline and follows an earlier announcement that the studio has a first-look deal with Sylvester Stallone and his production company for television and feature film projects in the Rocky universe. Both reports trail the revelation that Amazon Studios has plans for a Creed universe helmed by Creed star and director Michael B. Jordan.

Since the studio has only selected these projects, it's yet to decide which filmmaker will helm the projects. The same report states that some "A-list creative auspices have reached out" to the studio to inquire about projects they are interested in adapting for the screen. The company is also reportedly looking to assign some of the projects to its in-house talents.

Even though Amazon plans to develop the bulk of the IPs as either television series or feature films, the studio has big plans for some select titles – Legally Blonde, Stargate, and RoboCop – and intends to order both film and television series adaptations for them. For Stargate, the plan is to start the franchise with a movie before the release of the television series. However, RoboCop will begin with a show with the film to come after.

The Thomas Crown Affair and Pink Panther will reportedly get movie adaptations although the Pink Panther project might be animated instead of live-action. The remaining three projects – Fame, Barbershop, and The Magnificent Seven – will be adapted for television.

Legally Blonde is a romantic comedy that starred Reese Witherspoon and debuted in 2001.

Since the acquisition, Amazon Studios has been working to identify the MGM IPs it can develop from amidst MGM’s 4,000-film-titles strong catalog. However, the process has been slow partly because the rights of some of the IPs have proven to be quite challenging to untangle and because Amazon is doing its best to ensure it does what is best for the titles involved.

For instance, RoboCop is a sci-fi action franchise that dates back to 1987. The original film tells the story of a police officer who, after he is fatally shot in the line of duty, is transformed into a cyborg who takes on his city’s criminal elements. There are four films in the franchise: the first film, two sequels released in 1990 and 1993, and a remake of the original film from 2014.

Stargate is a military sci-fi film franchise that debuted in 1994 with the other two films in the franchise, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum, arriving in 2008. Perhaps the franchise’s biggest legacy is the television series Stargate SG-1 which ran for 10 seasons between 1997 and 2007 thus making it one of the longest-running television series ever. The franchise includes two other television series Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, an animated series Stargate Infinity, and a web series Stargate Origins.

Amazon is also looking to develop a Creed universe with Michael B. Jordan at the helm.

The Legally Blonde franchise is the most recent of the three projects getting television and movie adaptations. It is based on the 2001 romantic comedy novel of the same name. The first film premiered in 2001 with a sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde arriving two years later. In 2018, the franchise’s lead star, Reese Witherspoon, revealed that a threequel may be in the works but we haven't heard much about it since.

Finally, the original Fame, The Magnificent Seven, and The Barbershop films came out in 1980, 1960, and 2002, respectively. Both have since gotten remakes and TV adaptations, among others.

Among many other things, Amazon is currently working on an interconnected Tomb Raider universe and a live-action adaptation of God of War.

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