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Fantasy Island reboot in the works at ABC

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Is it time to start asking what old TV show hasn’t been rebooted for today’s audiences?

Fantasy Island is the latest drama to get a possible re-do in the 21st century. ABC has purchased a script from writer Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) and Sony TV that offers a new take on the ’70s drama, which starred Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize. In this latest iteration, EW confirms, a woman takes on the “role” of Mr. Roarke by providing clients with their ultimate fantasies. But she doesn’t do it on an exotic island; her upscale firms doles out the dream scenarios in San Francisco.

This is the second time ABC has attempted to reboot its classic drama. The network tried and failed in the late ’80s with Malcolm McDowell in the title role. 

Fantasy Island is one of a handful of old shows getting the fresh treatment this season. There’s a Hart to Hart reimagining going on at NBC, as well as a new take on The Island of Dr. Moreau at CBS, according to Deadline. NBC is also looking to bring back Xena in some form.