Elizabeth Banks in Talks to Direct the Third — Yes, Third — ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot


Sony seems to think we need more Charlie’s Angels — and honestly, it’s easy enough to forget about the Diaz/Liu/Barrymore films for long enough to convince ourselves that the idea isn’t any less original than anything else happening in Hollywood. The somewhat more exciting news here is that Elizabeth Banks might direct.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor/director — who made her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 — is currently in the midst of negotiations with the studio to helm the film. She and her husband, Max Handleman, are also producing it.

Once upon a time, you may recall, Charlie’s Angels was a 70s television show starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett (who would leave and be replaced by Cheryl Ladd), and Jaclyn Smith as detectives working for a certain unseen Charlie. Then, it was a 2000 film. After that, it was a panned 2003 sequel. Still later, it became an extremely short-lived 2011 TV series. Perhaps Banks — who as an actor has displayed an over-the-top magnetism in the likes of 30 Rock, The Hunger Games and Wet Hot American Summer — will somehow be able to have enough of a fresh and funny take to get the Angels out of the mediocre visions they’ve inhabited since the original series ended.