As Deadline Hollywood reported last week, Los Angeles-based Slingshot Global Media, which formed earlier this year, has begun development of a Route 66 re-boot with executive producer Kirk Hallam. Slingshot and Hallam are currently looking for writers for the show, and according to Slingshot CEO David Ellender, the remake of the series will follow much of the original’s format, with two young adventurers in a cool car traversing the country.
“The premise is the same, but the United States is a different landscape than it was 50 years ago and we can’t wait to explore the multitude of diverse social issues confronting the nation today,” Ellender told Deadline Hollywood.
(For trivia buffs, the production of the original show used Corvettes of varying colors, from Horizon Blue for the first season to Fawn Beige for the second and Saddle Tan for the last two; each season used a Corvette from that model year, thanks to Chevrolet’s product placement agreement with the show.)
Previous attempts to revive the show – including a 1993 television series that lasted four episodes and a late 2000s film to have been produced by Hallam that never materialized – didn’t meet with the same success as the original show.
No projected airing date for the Route 66 remake has been announced.