Michael Douglas has become too much of a mega-celeb to play the part of a young cop with a lot to learn, and Karl Malden is 96 years old (but still alive). But the real star of the original “Streets of San Francisco” crime show, which aired on ABC from 1972 to 1977, was the city itself. And happily, the city is tanned, rested, and ready for a reprise.
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Steve Keller and Mike Stone are back on “The Streets of San Francisco.” CBS is developing an update of the classic 1970s cop series starring Michael Douglas and Karl Malden.
The remake will keep key elements from the original Quinn Martin production: the title, the names of the two main characters and, of course, the backdrop of the City by the Bay. But the main focus is to bring the spirit of the original “Streets” into the new reincarnation.
“The times are very similar — it was the Vietnam War in the 1970s and the Iraq War now,” said Robert Port, who will write the pilot script with Sheldon Turner. “There is the same sort of tension between generations, and we wanted to carry that to the new series.”
Hat tip: Jim Herd
photos: SoSF screen grabs by Telstar Logistics