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‘Sneakers’: NBC Plans Series Reboot of Robert Redford’s Hacker Comedy

Walter Parkes, writer of the original film, will executive produce alongside his wife Laurie MacDonald and Tom Szentgyorgyi.


River Phoenix, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford and David Strathairn in “Sneakers.”


In 1992, Robert Redford starred in the comedy “Sneakers,” directed by Phil Alden Robinson. The hacker film followed a security pro who finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item for the U.S. government. The comedy featured a star-studded cast including Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, Mary MacDonnell and Timothy Busfield.

Now, NBC has handed out a script order for a TV series adaptation of the film, according to Deadline. Walter Parkes, who wrote the original film with Lawrence Lasker and Robinson, will executive produce the reboot alongside his wife and producing partner Laurie MacDonald. Tom Szentgyorgyi (“The Mentalist”), will also executive produce and pen the script.

The series hails from Universal TV, where Parkes and MacDonald have a first-look deal with production company.

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Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, “Sneakers” was a box office success, grossing over $105.2 million worldwide on a $35 million budget. The comedy joins the long list of films being adapted into series, which includes “War of The Worlds” at MTV, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Purge,” “Enemy of the State” at ABC and “Varsity Blues” on CMT, among others.

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Check out the 1992 trailer for “Sneakers” below.

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