14 Feb 2021: New Regency, Amazon revamp 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' into series
New Regency is taking another chance to revamp its action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
This time, the production company is joining Amazon Prime Video and the stars taking the roles of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, respectively.
Both the stars are acting and executive producing this series.
Isn't that a lot of that sizzling chemistry we all loved?
Development: Series part of Waller-Bridge's overall Amazon Studios deal
Francesca Sloane has been roped in as the showrunner of this series, scheduled to premiere in 2022.
This series is part of Waller-Bridge's overall Amazon Studios deal signed in 2019.
Amazon posted about the project in two different ways, starting with brand head Jennifer Salke tweeting about the star-studded collaborations and then the official handle of Amazon Studios urged fans to drop conspiracy theories.
Fact: Prime Video wants us to drop conspiracy theories!
Business: The film earned about $500mn globally
The film starred Pitt and Jolie in roles promising more than on-screen chemistry, as Pitt fell in love with Jolie on set, divorced wife Jennifer Aniston, and then the name-blend Brangelina was born.
The 2005 film earned almost $500mn globally.
New Regency's Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer said Glover suggested this idea, after which Phoebe and her company Well Streets Films were involved.
Boring future: A sequel was impossible, said Jolie earlier
In an interview with Vanity Fair, 11 years ago, Jolie laid down the reasons why a sequel, which was on-demand back then, was impossible with the couple's not-so-exciting future.
"It becomes personal now that we actually have kids. We did ask somebody to look into Mr. & Mrs. to see if they could crack a sequel, but there wasn't anything original," Jolie remarked.
Trivia: This will be Glover and Waller-Bridge's second project together
Glover and Waller-Bridge will share screen space after Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), where the two played Lando Calrissian and droid L3-37.
However, netizens were divided over the need to revamp a singularly successful movie such as this.
Twitterati also pondered over whether the current actors will be able to recreate the sexually charged atmosphere of the original movie.
Fact: Fans weigh in on how good this take will be