Those that listen to the Major Spoilers Podcast, and hang on our every word, know I’m a huge Rockford Files fan.Â It’s probably one of the best television series to come out of the 70s and early 80s.Â Variety is reporting that it has asked House creator and executive producer David Shore to revive the series from the bins and update it for a new age of audiences.
Garner’s Emmy-winning portrayal of the ex-con private eye who lived in a trailer in Malibu (and usually worked as hard to get his clients to pay up as he did on solving cases) turned Jim Rockford into one of the most indelible characters of the smallscreen. Shore said as a fan of the show himself, he’s well aware of how high the bar is set for the remake.
The Rockford Files has been on cable for years, but it wasn’t until the last five or six years that the series finally made it to DVD due to rights issues between actor James Garner.Â Now that those are cleared up, it looks like we might get to see more Rockford again.Â Due to Garner’s age, don’t expect to see him in the new series (unless a cameo).
So who will be the new Jim Rockford, Private Eye?Â As long as Shore doesn’t play the series up for laughs ala Andy Barker P.I. it could be an awesome series.Â And it’s too bad George Clooney is a movie actor now, as he’d be perfect to step in and fill Jim’s shoes.Â Or maybe they’ll be able to talk david boreanaz away from Bones