EXCLUSIVE: The Harts are back, with a twist. NBC has put in development a new take on the 1979 ABC mystery/adventure drama, which starred Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. The reboot — which revolves around a gay couple — hails from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony TV, whose predecessor Columbia Pictures produced the original series with Spelling-Goldberg Prods.
Written by Christopher Fife (Revenge, Private Practice), based on the Sidney Sheldon-created original, the new Hart To Hart is described as a modern and sexy retelling of the classic series that focuses on “by the book” attorney Jonathan Hart and free-spirited investigator Dan Hartman, who must balance the two sides of their life: action-packed crime-solving in the midst of newly found domesticity. The project, which has received a script commitment plus penalty after interest from multiple networks, is executive produced by Fife and Carol Mendelsohn Prods.’ Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz.
Executive produced by top producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, the original Hart To Hart starred Wagner and Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple leading a glamorous jet-set lifestyle who regularly stumbled upon murders they proceeded to solve. (Below is the show’s opening sequence, which sets up the premise.) The series had a five-season run on ABC from 1979-84, followed by eight TV movies.
This is the second sale for Carol Mendelsohn Prods. this broadcast pitch season through the company’s overall deal at Sony TV. The company also has The Jury, a drama at ABC written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli, which has a big penalty attached to it.
Mendelsohn and Fife are repped by WME.