Shane Black Pens 60s “Avengers” Reboot

Reuniting on this year’s “The Predator,” writer/director Shane Black and his longtime writing partner Fred Dekker are coming together again for a relaunch of another franchise – a TV pilot based on the iconic 1960s British TV series “The Avengers” reports Dark Side Magazine (via ScreenRant).

Black and Dekker previously penned “Edge,” a pilot for a western that didn’t go to series at Amazon. Nevertheless, the streaming giant wanted them to have another go at something else and Dekker confirms this is what they came up with:

“It’s ‘The Avengers,’ with John Steed and Emma Peel. We’re setting it in Britain in the 60’s, and our approach is ‘The Ipcress File’ meets ‘Doctor Who.’ At this moment, it’s my favorite thing we’re working on.”

The British espionage series ran on ITV from 1961 to 1969 and was known for both surreal elements and cheeky humor. The story revolved around John Steed (Patrick Macnee), a secret agent working for a secret branch of British intelligence with numerous partners including Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) and Tara King (Linda Thorson).

However the most memorable was Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), a scientist and spy who is also a martial arts master who frequently rescued Steed. Warners released a film adaptation of the property twenty years ago (see the trailer below) starring Ralph Fiennes as Steed, Thurman as Peel and Sean Connery as the villain. The film was famously gutted at the studio and is considered a massive bomb.