Shawn Ryan's S.W.A.T. Pilot Ordered at CBS, Justin Lin to Direct

The Shield creator Shawn Ryan’s S.W.A.T. reboot has received a full pilot order at CBS, months after getting a pilot commitment.

Penned by Aaron Thomas, who will executive-produce with Ryan (currently an EP on Timeless), Marney Hochman, Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Danielle Woodrow, the Sony Pictures Television/CBS Studios co-production follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) lieutenant who is “torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers” when he is tasked to run a highly-trained unit that is “the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.”

The project is specifically inspired by the 2003 film of the same name, which starred Colin Ferrell, LL Cool J and Samuel Jackson and was itself inspired by the mid-1970s ABC drama.

Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) is set to direct the pilot, just as he did with CBS’ Scorpion in 2014.

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  1. Mike says:

    loved the movie now that Justin Lin is doing the Pilot I might check this one out

  2. Kevin says:

    CBS has done enough with reboots these days most recently with MacGyver and now Training Day. If the SWAT TV remake gets picked up as a series from the Eye network, this should be a total failure.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      At least “Mac” was a reboot of a TV series, & it’s only a bad idea due to so much we’re able to do now with technology that wasn’t available during the first’s run.

      This one follows Paxton’s “Training” in the “Good B-O (Box Office) Makes Bad TV” timeline.

  3. Natalia R. says:

    I want M*A*S*H and CHipS reboot. M*A*S*H was one of the funniest and intelligent tv shows EVER.

  4. Soraya E. says:

    I wonder if it’s possible to have this show in the shared universe of NCIS: LA and others… would be cool to have LL Cool’s Sam show up… You know, for the fans of the movie. Myself included.

    • Tim Church says:

      More-than-likely, yes… But they shouldn’t. Why not?! “For fans of the movie”, myself included.

      It’s the same reason I bought a DVD of “SWAT: Firefight” while back, & watched (& enjoyed) it, not caring when “Harvey” from “Suits” led the team against “Gallo” from “Scorpion”… I remember the old days when shows used to all have to be on a TV channel to be eligible for Emmys, & lasted or were cancelled alone, & CERTAINLY never mixed characters!