Enemy Of The State TV Series

Enemy of the State Series, Based on '98 Will Smith Movie, in the Works at ABC

Add one more to the reboot pile: The 1998 spy thriller Enemy of the State is getting the small-screen treatment at ABC, our sister site Variety reports.

Starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, Enemy followed a crew of NSA agents who came together to murder a U.S. Congressman — though things became a little more complicated when a video recording of the murder mysteriously surfaced.

ABC’s reboot — executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, a producer on the film — is set two decades after the movie; it follows an aggressive FBI agent who teams up with an idealistic female attorney in order to snuff out a global conspiracy that connects them to an NSA spy charged with exposing classified intelligence.

Morgan Foehl (Blackhat) will pen the pilot.

Does this sound like a world you’re interested in revisiting? Drop a comment with your thoughts on TV’s latest reboot below.

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19 Comments
  1. Kevin K says:

    Another excuse for a ridiculous reboot based on a movie or classic TV show.

    • Dyskord says:

      Yeah, It hasn’t aired and it already bores me.
      Its not that its not original. Its not that its not interesting. its not that its better told in 90 min than over the length of a series.
      Its all of the above.

  2. Mike says:

    ….sigh….

  3. Robberey says:

    Sorry, no. I loved the film, which was great. Don’t remake this piece of art as a piece of crap. This is, what the premise sounds like. And I know, this won’t work at ABC, and will become like Quantico or Shonda-stuff.

    • KLS says:

      The film was one of the first things that opened my eyes (I know, I was naive) to what the NSA could and would do. That shock value is gone now and I agree, having this on ABC will turn it into another soap-opera.

  4. A fan of TV says:

    Really, these movies just don’t have big enough followings to justify reboots for TV (Limitless, Frequency, even Rush Hour!), unless you’re going for a quality product that prioritizes critical praise over ratings, and networks just don’t seem interested in the cable model that much…

    • Anne says:

      If they had not sentenced Rush Hour to a mid season replacement and actually done some promotion for it, it would have had a chance.

      • KLS says:

        A lot of people were willing to give Rush Hour a shot because of the movie. The poor execution of the reboot is what killed it, not lack of promotion.

    • Dysturbed says:

      In fairness, something doesn’t have to have a big following in order to justify a reboot. It simply needs to have a premise that is considered to possibly get people to watch on tv…which is a concept that of course also applies to things that aren’t reboots.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      All three were big favorites of mine, and I’m still bummed they got cancelled…but not the husband. I love Lethal Weapon. I’m looking forward to this one, too, but I can’t see it working if they are not the same characters.

  5. Jason says:

    Can’t wait to see a film that stared Will Smith have one black guy in the entire cast be a sidekick to the lead.

    • johnhelvete says:

      This is ABC and not CBS (and even CBS did reboots of Rush Hour and Training Day that kept the diverse leads of the original movies). Considering the ratings for Pitch, Kylie Bunbury might be available to play the idealistic female attorney and she is bound to be in demand if Pitch ends up cancelled.

  6. Anne says:

    Ooo! That’s a great idea.

  7. Ram510 says:

    No thanks

  8. Collette says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to skip any reboots, re-imaginings and/or adaptations particularly if they change the gender, race or chronology[for example The Taming of the Shrew into 10 Things I Hate About You]. Does no one have any original ideas?

  9. ScottJ says:

    The brain eating bugs must really have landed.

  10. marco collins says:

    Didn’t this series just end and wasn’t it called Person of Interest?

  11. Bark Star says:

    Meh