Roswell is Resurrected with a Reboot

Posted 2017/10/13 2016 0

The CW plans to reboot their brief-yet-popular 1999 science fiction/adventure series.


Fifteen years after Roswell ended its three-season run on the WB and UPN, the two networks’ successor, the CW, is resurrecting the cult sci-fi title. Still intended to be based on the Roswell High book series from Melinda Metz, Carina Adly MacKenzie will pen the series; and executive produce with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (Amblin Television), Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown (an executive producer on the original series).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacKenzie’s take on the story is updated, aimed at a slightly older audience, and has “an immigrant twist,” as you can see from the full description:

"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.”

Roswell, the science fiction teen drama about aliens living in the famous New Mexico town, was one of the best shows of The WB's run. With showrunners like Friday Night Lights' Jason Katims and Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore, and cast members like Katherine Heigl, Colin Hanks, Emilie de Ravin, Nick Wechler, and Shiri Appleby amongst its numbers, it transcended its teen drama roots to become something greater. The first two seasons originally aired on The WB (which would eventually be rebranded The CW) from 1999-2001, with its third and final season airing on UPN. The series would serve as a boost to the acting careers of cast members Shiri Appleby (UnREAL), Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) and Colin Hanks (Fargo). The Roswell “universe” was also expanded upon between 2001-2003 through a series of novels published by Pocket Books and Simon Spotlight Entertainment.