The CW vet Julie Plec has signed on to direct the pilot for the network’s reboot of ‘Roswell’. Plec worked as an executive producer and director on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and created the spin-off ‘The Originals’ which returns for its final season on Friday, April 20. She also recently directed an episode of the hit ‘Riverdale’.
Carina Adly MacKenzie, who penned the pilot for ‘Roswell’, worked with Plec on ‘The Originals’. MacKenzie will also executive produce, as will Plec should the show get ordered to series. Fellow executive producers include Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Lawrence Bender, and Kevin Kelly Brown. Brown was also an EP on the original show which was created by Mark Katims and ran on The WB and then the UPN from 2000-2002. Both shows are based on the book series ‘Roswell High’ written by Melinda Metz.
Here is the synopsis for the reboot:
“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 new series gets topical with an immigration plotline. It also appears that the main characters will be older than the high school students on the original.
The original ‘Roswell’ starred Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Emilie de Ravin, Majandra Delfino, Brendan Fehr, William Sadler and Nick Wechsler. This series helped launch the careers of Katherine Heigl, Colin Hanks and Adam Rodriguez.
So far, only a pilot has been ordered for the reboot.
Source: Entertainment Weekly