CBS' Magnum P.I. reboot has brought on director Justin Lin to take the helm on the pilot episode, and serve as an executive producer. The director will executive produce alongside Danielle Woodrow from the director's production company, Perfect Storm Entertainment, along with series creators/showrunners Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment, CBS TV Studios and Universal TV Studios. It isn't clear just yet when filming will begin on the pilot.
We first reported on this TV reboot back in October, with CBS issuing a "sizable pilot production commitment" for the show. Magnum P.I. was given a pilot order at the end of January, along with another reboot, Cagney & Lacey, and four original shows. The new Magnum P.I. series will be an update of the classic television series set in Hawaii which follows Thomas Magnum, "a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator."
The new series will feature the same quartet of main characters from the original series, but with one gender-swapped twist. Tom Selleck starred as Thomas Magnum in the original series, with the late John Hillerman playing Jonathan Quayle Higgins III, Roger E. Mosley playing Theodore "TC" Calvin and Larry Manetti playing Orville "Rick" Wright. All of those characters will be back for this revival, although in this new series, Higgins will be a female character named Juliet Higgins, a disavowed former MI:6 agent, which suggests that the character will be British. Both TC and Rick will be former Afghanistan veterans like Magnum.
This foursome will be taking on cases that no other private investigator will take, with plenty of action, adventure and comedic elements in the series, which will also explore the brotherhood forged by those who saw combat together, the meaning of returning home after a tour of duty along with their commitment to continuing to serve their country, even in the private sector. There is no indication if casting is under way or not. There was previously a much different Magnum P.I. project in the works at ABC a few years ago, that would have followed Magnum's adult daughter, who returns home to Hawaii to take over her father's private investigation firm, but that never made it to series.
While Justin Lin is best known for his work on the big screen, including the Fast & Furious franchise and Star Trek Beyond, he is no stranger to the small screen, or to the CBS network. Ironically, two of his former Fast & Furious collaborators, Vin Diesel and writer Chris Morgan, are working on a TV reboot of another iconic 1980s series, Miami Vice. Justin Lin has previously directed the pilot episodes for CBS' S.W.A.T. and Scorpion, and he has also directed episodes of HBO's True Detective and NBC's Community, including the infamous first "paintball" episode entitled Modern Warfare. Deadline broke the news on Justin Lin directing the Magnum P.I. pilot episode.