AceShowbiz - "Party of Five" is back soon! Freeform has announced that it has given the reboot of the 1990s series a pilot order. The new pilot will hail from the original series' creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman and studio Sony Pictures TV.
While it will still focus on five siblings working to survive as a family, the new iteration of the series will offer a twist. The new series is set to follow five Buendias children who have been left to adapt on their own after their parents are deported to Mexico.
"Twenty-five years ago, we imagined a story about five kids navigating the world after the untimely death of their parents," Lippman and Keyser said in a statement. "Today, stories of families being separated, children having to raise themselves in the wake of their parents' deportations, don't require any imagination; they are everywhere."
"This new iteration of 'Party of Five' isn't a retread of the original; it's a whole new look at kids trying to parent each other in the wake of circumstances beyond their control, yet learning a similar lesson: that families persist no matter how great the obstacles," they continued.
"From the moment we heard that Amy and Chris were updating their iconic series with this timely and powerful twist, we knew we had to have this pilot. We’re honored to be the home for the next, brilliant iteration of their vision," Karey Burke, Freeform’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, added.
The pilot of the reboot is written by Keyser, Lippman and Michal Zebede ("Castle"), while Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives") is set to direct. In addition to penning the script, Keyser and Lippman will serve as executive producers alongside Garcia. Zebede is tapped to co-executive produce.
Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, Lacey Chabert, the original "Party of Five" centered on the Salinger siblings who are struggling to live together as a family in San Francisco after their parents are killed in a car crash. The series ran for six seasons, from 1994 to 2000, and won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series -- Drama in 1996.