The CW is once again attempting to breathe new life into old classics. The network is working to develop ‘The 4400,’ which will be a reboot of the drama from 2004.
The show will be the brainchild of Craig Sweeny, who got his break as a writer on the original series, Taylor Elmore, and CBS TV Studios. ‘The 4400’ will be co-written and executive produced by Elmore and Sweeny, with Elmore to serve as showrunner.
The premise of the reboot will center on 4,400 adults that have gone missing all over the world. Some of the disappearances happened recently, while others date as far back as 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up where they were last seen. The big twist is that none of the missing people have aged and have no memory of where they’ve been while they were gone. The confused people must figure out how to mesh back into society — for some, it’s been decades — and try to solve the mystery of why they went missing in the first place.
The original ‘4400’ starred Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Mahershala Ali and Patrick Flueger, and ran for four seasons. While the network decided to dump the genre, the show gained a cult following, and inspired other television series about the unexplained return of people who mysteriously disappeared, such as ‘The Returned’ and ‘Manifest.’
Sweeny worked on the original for the entirety of the run, starting as a writer before becoming the supervising producer. In addition to rebooting ‘The 4400,’ the CW is also bringing back cult classics ‘The LA Complex and ‘Roswell.’
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