'Bewitched': Series Reboot With A Black Lead From Kenya Barris And Yamara Taylor Set At ABC

August 23rd 2018

Not so fast!

Before Kenya Barris left his overall deal with ABC Studios, he sold one last project to the studio in a deal with them, Sony TV and Sony's Davis Entertainment.

The project is a reboot of Bewitched, and it is currently set at ABC.

From Barris and Black-ish writer and co-producer Yamara Taylor, it would be a "single camera, interracial blended family comedy based on the popular 1960s sitcom of the same name."

Right now, it currently has a pilot production commitment.

In the Barris/Taylor-written reboot, Samantha is a "hardworking black single mom who happens to be a witch, marries Darren, a white mortal who happens to be a bit of a slacker. They struggle to navigate their differences as she discovers that even when a black girl is literally magic, she’s still not as powerful as a decently tall white man with a full head of hair in America."

Barris and Taylor would both be executive producers.

ABC, who formerly ran the 1964-1972 series, has been interested in this. If you remember correctly, there have been several attempts to reboot Bewitched over the years -- in 2014 both ABC and NBC pursued a reboot from Sony TV, and it went to NBC for a pilot production commitment. Another one was in development at CBS in 2011. A film remake was released in 2005 starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, but it didn't fare well.

Deadline first reported this news.

 

by Trey Mangum on August 23rd 2018

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