The series focused on two undercover detectives, James ‘Sonny’ Crockett and Ricardo ‘Rico’ Tubbs, and the challenging cases they took at Miami’s Metro-Date Police Department. The show ran for five seasons on the NBC network from 1984-1989 and was created by Anthony Yerkovich, Law & Order series mastermind Dick Wolf was among the executive producers and starred Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Michael Talbott, John Diehl, Olivia Brown and Edward James Olmos.
A Miami Vice revival has been in the works for months but now it looks like there’s some momentum behind the project now as the one driving the project is former Fox Broadcasting executive, Shana Waterman, who now serves as head of television for Vin Diesel’s One Race Television production company and now Waterman and Diesel will executive produce the project alongside Chris Morgan (The Fast & Furious franchise) and Ainsley Davies. The report also states that Peter Macmanus (Spike TV’s The Mist) will be penning the script for the project.
This reboot marks a reteaming for Diesel and Morgan and sources tell THR that Vin Diesel was the one who came up with the idea to revive Miami Vice and made a personal appeal to NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. While I can see that a Miami Vice reboot can work on the small screen, bringing in Macmanus to pen the script has me slightly skeptical of its potential if The Mist television series is anything to go by.