Freeform Greenlights ‘Party Of Five’ Reboot Pilot
Freeform has given a pilot order to a reboot of 90’s series ‘Party of Five’ the US network has announced.
The original version of the show followed five siblings who are left orphaned when a drunk driver kills their parents. The new iteration of adds a timely and modern immigration twist on the series, as it following the five Buendías children as they struggle to survive together as a family after their parents are deported to Mexico.
The new take on the show comes from original creators Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman, who wrote the new pilot with Michal Zebede (‘Castle’). Rodrigo Garcia (‘Nine Lives’) is set to direct. Keyser, Lippman and Garcia will executive produce and Zebede serves as co-executive producer.
“Twenty-five years ago, we imagined a story about five kids navigating the world after the untimely death of their parents,” comment executive producers Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser. “Today, stories of families being separated, children having to raise themselves in the wake of their parents’ deportations, don’t require any imagination; they are everywhere. This new iteration of ‘Party of Five’ isn’t a retread of the original; it’s a whole new look at kids trying to parent each other in the wake of circumstances beyond their control, yet learning a similar lesson: that families persist no matter how great the obstacles.”
“From the moment we heard that Amy and Chris were updating their iconic series with this timely and powerful twist, we knew we had to have this pilot. We’re honoured to be the home for the next, brilliant iteration of their vision,” adds Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of Programming and Development.
‘Party of Five’ is currently only at the pilot stage so may not go to series, but we’ll let you know if we hear more.
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