Norman Lear has signed a huge deal with Sony Pictures TV, it’s been reported.
According to Deadline, the writer, who turned 96-years-old on Friday, is going to re-imagine an array of much-loved series such as “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times”.
Lear, who has won four Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards in his time, is said to have signed a two-year first-look deal with the company, which owns the Norman Lear library.
Two series that will not receive the reboot treatment are “All in the Family” and “Maude”, Lear revealed at Sunday’s Television Critics Association press tour. “I have no intention of doing ‘All In The Family’ again. I promise you that,” he told Deadline. “No ‘Maude’ or any of them. We did that.”
In fact, fans should expect some new ideas from the legend. “There are ideas that we were working on at that same time that were bubbling in the same creative pipeline and that’s part of what I’m looking at now,” he explained. “I’m looking at ideas you’ve never heard of.”
Adding, “I have about 100 ideas that go back 30 or 40 years, some only 12 years or 10 years. These are the ideas that we’ve had and nurtured for the longest time that we will imagine or reimagine.”
He previously shared in a statement, “I couldn’t be prouder and more excited about joining Sony Pictures Television, who has the guts to go with a kid.”
SPT President Jeff Frost and Co-Presidents, Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, went on: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Brent [Miller] and Norman.
“Norman is an icon in our industry and it’s a dream come true to be working with him. We’re excited to create more magic with Norman and Brent.”
The latest news comes after SPT, who previously produced Lear’s “One Day at a Time” remake on Netflix, also took on the star’s “Guess Who Died”.