Don Johnson Hints at Yet Another Miami Vice Remake

October 10, 2019, 3:40 PM UTC

Crockett and Tubbs could be planning a comeback.

Don Johnson, speaking on a British television show earlier this week, dropped hints that a remake of Miami Vice could be in the works. This appears to be separate from the Vin Diesel-led remake that was bandied about two years ago. 

“We’re kicking around some thoughts,” Johnson told the hosts of This Morning. “Amazingly enough, it’s come back around. It seems like they’ve run out of ideas for good shows. So they’re going to the well.”

Asked if he was already doing a reboot, Johnson smiled, shrugged and said “Maybe. There’s a lot of water left to row, but we’ll see.”

Vice was an ’80s cultural force on NBC, influencing musical tastes (you can’t think of the show without hearing Phil Collin’s “In the Air Tonight” or Jan Hammer’s theme), fashion trends (do white sports coats shoved up over the forearms ring a bell?) and helping to define the excess the decade was known for. It also made Miami a tourist destination once again, after travelers had abandoned it.

Given the marketing potential behind the property, it’s no surprise that Hollywood has been eager to find a way to bring it back. The latest attempt was a big screen version in 2006 starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. It flopped.

Getting the original stars back wouldn’t be impossible. Johnson is still acting and has a new film, Knives Out, coming out soon. Philip Michael Thomas has been less visible, but is still active.

The problem is demographics. Johnson is 69 and Thomas is 70, so the white coats and muscle shirts might not have quite the same effect as they did in 1985.

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