'Hawaii Five-0' to Update a Favorite Episode from the Original Series

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November 12th, 2012

via press release:


Locations From the Original To Be Used For This Episode

Peter Weller (“RoboCop”) to Direct and Star

CBS’s HAWAII FIVE-0 will again pay tribute to the original series with a reboot of a popular episode from the beloved series which was broadcast more than 39 years ago.  Beginning Thursday, Dec. 13, the current production will begin principle photography on an episode titled “Hookman,” based closely on the Emmy Award-winning episode of the same name from the original series.

The current series’ Executive Story Editor, Joe Halpin, wrote the teleplay for the upcoming episode and consulted with the original’s writers, Rod Baker and Glen Olson, not only to explain the current series’ vision of sticking close to the original, but also to get their blessing.

“We at HAWAII FIVE-0 hold the original series in reverence, and to be able to go to their well of incredible storytelling is such an honor,” says Peter Lenkov, Executive Producer of the current incarnation of HAWAII FIVE-0.  “Aside from updating a few sign-of-the-times elements, we are using the original as a roadmap to stay true to each and every element that made ‘Hookman’ such a beloved hour of television, even going so far as to secure the same locations used in the original episode.”

“Hookman,” the original series’ Season Six premiere episode (original airdate Sept. 11, 1973), centered around a double amputee out to avenge the loss of his hands by killing the police officers responsible, including McGarrett.  In the updated version, McGarrett’s father was one of the officers responsible for his maiming.

Peter Weller (“RoboCop”) will star as the lead villain as well as direct this production.  Jason Koger, a double upper amputee, will be stand in for Weller in close-ups of his prosthetic hands.  In the original production, Jay J. Armes portrayed the lead villain and was a double amputee himself.

HAWAII FIVE-0 is broadcast Mondays, (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and is a production of CBS Television Studios.  Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the executive producers.

  • Martin

    Sounds interesting.

  • Retrobot 3000

    They should update the one where Al Michaels played a lawyer.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I remember this one. I read Jay J. Armes biography – he was a famous Texas private detective – and I think he talked about this.

  • joel

    How can they say “again pay tribute to the original series” without mentioning the Ed Asner art smuggler episode.

  • Irene

    I just don’t think the new series is as good story-wise as the original. Every time I try the new it just seems fluffy for lack of a better word.

  • Neil

    It sounds like the easiest writing job ever.

  • AniMatsuri

    I think its great the way they blend the old H50 with the new.

  • create

    Why is the show becoming more and more gruesome? We don’t want to watch CSI Hawaii. The Nov 12th burned body parts may have been the last straw!

  • brutony

    They DID mention AGAIN, because they already DID the Ed Asner update!

  • charlotte mustain

    that sounds great. i like blending the old and new shows make it great. if you don’t like burned bodies don’t csi or criminal minds they have them all the time. you didn’t see max cut the body up did you. so stpo complaining.

  • pafjlh

    So, once again this program has proven why I could never get into it. First of all I am not a big fan of reboots, its like saying the original never happen. But this reboot takes the cake literally, because it wants to have its cake and eat it too. If the original didn’t happen then the Ed Asner character doesn’t exist in your universe, but for some odd reason he does, and now they want to just want to copy an episode. Running out of ideas are they? Give me programs that take shows into the future like the new Dallas series, not rip offs that claim to be reboots like this 5-O.

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