According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pulitzer Award-winning American playwright David Auburn has been chosen to write the newest Charlie’s Angels reboot for Sony, which will be directed by Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2). Proof, Auburn’s Broadway play about mathematical genius and mental illness, won a Tony in 2001 and was adapted into a film starring Oscar-winning actors Anthony Hopkins (Collide) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Mortdecai) in 2005.
Although an unusual choice to pen lighter fare such as that traditionally associated with Charlie Angels, the playwright is clearly looking forward to trying his hand at it. He stated “”Elizabeth Banks is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, in or out of show business, and I am thrilled to be working with her on a reinvented Charlie’s Angels that’s grounded, edgy, subversive, smart and fun.” Banks said Wednesday, “I’ve been a fan of David’s since seeing Proof on Broadway. His ability to create three new dynamic yet grounded Angels is very exciting.”
Charlie’s Angels was a hit television series in the 1970s which, along with her iconic one-piece swimsuit poster, catapulted one of its stars- the late Farrah Fawcett – to international fame. Originally, Fawcett along with Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson played detectives who solved crimes for a mysterious off-camera boss named Charlie. A successful 2000 movie version of Charlie’s Angels starring Lucy Liu (TV’s Elementary), Drew Barrymore (Miss You Already), and Cameron Diaz (Annie) was followed in 2003 by a sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. The two films brought in a combined $523 million worldwide.
Elizabeth Cantillon is producing alongside Max Handelman, Banks’ husband and producing partner. Andrea Giannetti is overseeing for the studio.
Auburn adapted Proof for the big screen along with Rebecca Miller. He wrote 2006’s time-bending romance The Lake House starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. He wrote and directed 2007’s Girl in the Park starring Sigourney Weaver (Finding Dory) and Kate Bosworth (Before I Wake), a drama about a woman traumatized by the loss of her daughter. His latest play about two tennis pros – An Upset – debuted in April at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills.