An ‘In the Heat of the Night’ TV Series Reboot is Coming, Courtesy of ‘The Help’ Director Tate Taylor

An 'In the Heat of the Night' TV Series Reboot is Coming, Courtesy of 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor

MGM, seemingly uninterested in fresh, novel, original ideas, continues to mine its library for remakes/reboots. You’ll recall the recent "RoboCop" and "Carrie" reboots, with remakes of "Poltergeist," "WarGames," "Death Wish," "The Magnificent Seven" and others all in development.

Today brings word that the studio is developing a drama series based on its 1967 classic drama "In the Hear of the Night," with none-other-than Tate Taylor (director of "The Help" and "Get on Up") directing.

Keep in mind that there has already been a television series based on the film and novel of the same name, which was broadcast on NBC from 1988 until 1992, and then on CBS until 1994, starring Carroll O’Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African American police detective Virgil Tibbs.

The Tate Taylor edition, which he will executive produce with Warren Littlefield, will of course be set in the present day, and will tackle similar issues of race, class, justice and inequality that the original film and subsequent TV series did.

It doesn’t have a TV home yet, but the project will be shopped to cable networks, which makes the most sense.

The original 1967 film was directed by Norman Jewison, based on the 1965 John Ball novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi. It starred Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, and won 5 Academy Awards, including the 1967 award for Best Picture. 

The film was followed by two sequels, "They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!" in 1970, and "The Organization" in 1971.

The first TV series launched in 1988.

So who would you cast as Virgil Tibbs?

Variety was first to report this news.

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Comments

sien

Blair Underwood, Lance Gross and Billy Brown come to mind.

Eric

No!!

kayla

I can't freaking wait…. I loved that show.. when it was on… and a remake would be great but they have to get the perfect cast.. and at the moment I can't think of anyone who'd do justice to the lead roles.. and to those that don't want to see it remade.. get bent.. and go back to watching that reality tv sh@t

David

This sounded like the typical Hollywood re-tread idea until I read the name Tate Taylor.

Suddenly it sounds so much more insidious and oppressive.

Miles Ellison

Hot garbage alert.

AC

Nooooo!!!

DOLORES PHATTS

iMY FIRST CHOICE IS MR TIBBS IS TERRENCE HOWARD.
HE CAPTURES EVERY ROLE GIVEN TO HIM.HAS PLAYED DETECTIVE ROLES,AND
HAS THE SAME SMOOTH,EASY GOING,MISLEADING ABILITY THAT CAN KICK ASS
PHYSCIALLY AND MENTALLLET Y IF NEED BE. THE GREEN EYES,EYE CANDY THAT CAN ACT.LET IT BE FILMED IN PHILA.SINCE THAT IS WHERE IT TAKES PLACE.THEN I CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AS A PRO ACTRESS TO BE IN IT WITH THE LOVE OF MY LIFE

Jug

It's going to be set in Ferguson

Mike

Are they remaking "In The Heat of The Night" because of the murders of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Michael Brown? I really don't see why they are remaking this TV show? Yes, it dealt with touchy subjects, but I still don't get why they are remaking this TV show???

dee

WHY!!!! Hollywood need to come up with there own original ideas and stop rebooting and remaking…it never works.

No

Give it a rest. All Hollywood knows how to do it make remake of remakes.

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