Bewitched is a favorite show recently mentioned in Marvel’s Disney Plus series WandaVision. It may be a mere coincidence, but Sony Pictures is in the early development of a new adaptation of the classic sitcom, starring Elizabeth Montgomery.
The series lasted eight seasons on ABC, from 1964 to 1972, and focused on Samantha (Montgomery), a witch who marries mortal Darrin (Dick York and later Dick Sargent) while trying to live a normal life as a suburban housewife. Her extraordinary powers often caused chaotic situations, but they were sometimes used to fix the same and other situations.
Bewitched was a crucial example of genre television. His spinoff, Tabitha – who focused on Samantha and Daren’s daughter – ran one season.
The new film comes from producers John Davis and John Fox (Dolemite is my name, Game Night), and the screenplay was written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (12 Monkeys, MacGyver). Co-star of CBS Star Trek Series: Picard, Matalas, has a complete offering for CBS. The Bewitched creative quartet is also developing a remake of Witch Mountain for Disney Plus.
This is not the first time Sony has adapted the Bewitched feature. In 2005, the studio released Bewitched, a romantic comedy by screenwriter-director Nora Ephron, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell as actors playing Samantha and Darrin in a classic remake. Critics received mixed reviews. In the budget, which amounts to 85 million dollars, it achieved a gross income in the world of 131.4 million dollars, which is considered disappointing.
More news is coming as the Bewitched remake is further refined in the development stages. In the meantime, you can learn more about how Bewitched inspired the WandaVision episode.