New film will 'trace the roots' of original characters
A movie version of ’80s TV show Dynasty is in the works.
The US soap opera, which made a household name of Joan Collins as chief antagonist Alexis Colby, is the latest ’80s favourite to be rebooted for the big screen after the success of The A-Team last year and the forthcoming 21 Jump Street re-imagining.
Dynasty creators Richard and Esther Shapiro made the announcement, reports Uk.eonline.com.
Esther said: “The time is right. Nostalgia has always been big, but we want to take it a step further. We want to go back to the beginning with these characters and use the film to trace their roots.”
She added: “We’re taking Blake Carrington back to his young manhood and when he met Alexis, and setting the movie in the Mad Men-era of the 1960s. It will give us the opportunity to start fresh, without the constraints that television placed on our characters in the series.”
Richard said: “In a way, these characters were prisoners in television. We were always constrained by the smaller budget of a TV series, and all the standards and practices that governed the content of the show.”
He added: “In the movie, if we want to have some James Bond-style action, we can afford to do that. If we want to have a steamy love scene, we can do that. If we want to go a few steps beyond what they would allow on 1980s TV, we can move ahead those few steps, and then some.”
The pair are hoping to begin filming later this year.