The Charmed reboot is officially going ahead. The CW has confirmed that a pilot episode has been ordered and contrary to previous reports, the new series will not be serving as a prequel to the original series, but will actually be set in present day.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that rebooted series will have a feminist edge as the main characters won't just be fighting demons, they'll be fighting the patriarchy as well.
"This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done."
It's yet to be seen whether these sisters will be a modern-day take on the original Halliwell sisters or entirely new characters, but setting the series in the present day would open doors for the original cast to make cameos.
However, getting Holly Marie Combs involved might be a little bit of a challenge. It seems the original "Piper" isn't overly thrilled at the recent news turning to social media to share her views of the reboot.
With the announcement that the new series would be a straight-up reboot, Combs pointed out the contribution that herself and the other original cast members made to Charmed, and that a new series just wouldn't be the same without them.
Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph. https://t.co/kDXLBefuSG— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
And another thing. Reboots or remakes, as we used to call them, usually have storylines so similar to the original that they are legally required to use the same title and buy the rights to that title. If it’s not similar than it’s just another show. A new show with a new title.— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
And she didn't stop there...
While some may not get why I take issue with the network that didn’t want to renew Charmed 12 years ago ‘reimagining’ it now let me just say I understand it perfectly. Also this kinda stuff given all that Rose and Alyssa have done lately...um no. Just No https://t.co/Vp2htLtdbR— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
Well, it's safe to say Holly Marie Combs is definitely not a fan of what's going on with the proposed reboot. I suppose you can't really blame her considering she worked on the show for eight seasons. With this kinda of flack from one of its original stars and suspected fallout from the fans, something makes me think the rebooted series might not have a long life. Then again I could be wrong.
What do you think?