15 years after going off the air in 2002, the drama series Roswell is coming back with a new TV reboot being developed on The CW Network. The series will still be based on the Roswell High novel series by Melinda Metz, but this modern-day show will have a new twist as well. Here's the official description of The CW series below.
"After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he's an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance."
The original Roswell series posited that the supposed Roswell alien landing in 1947 was not only real, but there were both survivors and descendants of that alien spacecraft crash. The series centered on high-school students Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby) and Max Evans (Jason Behr), who discover they have forged an otherworldly connection with another. Liz was waiting tables at her father's cafe, where she's caught in the crossfire of an argument and shot, when she's saved by Max Evans, who heals her instantly with a single touch, revealing that he's really an alien, along with his sister Isabel (Katherine Heigl) and friend Michael Guerin (Brandon Fehr).
The series, created by Jason Katims (Parenthood) only ran for three seasons on The WB Network, long before the network was rebranded as The CW. Despite its short run, the show helped launch the careers of its young stars who would go on to star in their own hit shows, including Shiri Appelby (UnREAL), Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy), Majandra Delfino (Friends With Better Lives), Brendan Fehr (The Night Shift), Nick Wechsler (Revenge), Colin Hanks (Fargo) in his TV debut, Emilie De Ravin (Lost) and Julie Benz (Dexter). It seems unlikely that any of the stars will reprise their roles in this new sci-fi series, although nothing has been confirmed yet.
Thanks to Deadline, we know that the new series will be written and executive produced by Carina Adly MacKenzie (The Originals) alongside original Roswell producer Kevin Kelly Brown, who is the only link to the original series. He will be producing alongside his Bender Brown Productions partner Lawrence Bender, along with Amblin Television producers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. 20th Century Fox Television and Regency Television, who produced the original series, are not involved in this reboot.