From her Brownstone Production office that she shares with hubby Max Handelman, Elizabeth Banks gave The Hollywood Reporter a better idea of why she wanted to reboot “Charlie’s Angels”.
“I thought you could expand the world beyond three women on the beach in California and relaunch it as a global spy franchise. I thought about [the detective agency’s faceless boss] Charles Townsend as the basis of it, and the ’70s, which is when I was born, and the women’s movement over the past 40 years. And I thought about what a really wealthy man who was a benefactor to these women in the ’70s would have grown that organization into over 40 years,” Banks said of the movie set to be released Nov. 1.
“I went back to the original idea in ‘Charlie’s Angels’, which was that women were in the workforce. And all of the things that I feel are happening in the women’s movement right now, whether it be #MeToo, or — I say this in a time of dire straits for women’s rights in this country right now — but I feel like all those things are happening because women are in the workforce in greater numbers than ever in human history.”
Boiled down, Banks just “wanted to make a movie that was not about their boyfriends that they didn’t see enough, or the cats they didn’t feed, or the mother that they didn’t call.”
The reboot will star Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott and Kristen Stewart as the new Angels.