A pilot for a modern-day reboot of 1960s US sitcom Bewitched is in the works, with an interracial family at its core.
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Commissioned by US Network ABC, the update is penned by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris – who recently signed a major production deal with Netflix – and show writer Yamara Taylor, and according to Deadline will centre around Samantha, a hard-working black single mother and witch, who marries Darren, a white mortal man, described as “a bit of a slacker”.
The series will reportedly see them “struggle to navigate their differences as she discovers that even when a black girl is literally magic, she’s still not as powerful as a decently tall white man with a full head of hair in America.”
The original Bewitched aired on ABC in the US from 1964-72, and starred Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York, and latterly Dick Sargent, as the white couple at the heart of the story.
In 2005, the series got a high-concept film reboot, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, which was not received well by critics, and performed poorly at the box office.