Freeform has announced a pilot order for “Party of Five” from Sony Pictures Television, the new series will be a modern reimagining of the popular original series from the mid-90s. Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman wrote the pilot with Michal Zebede (“Castle”). The network also confirmed that Rodrigo Garcia (“Nine Lives”) is set to direct the pilot. Keyser, Lippman and Garcia will executive produce and Zebede serves as co-executive producer.
As for the new “Party of Five,” the series will get a modern twist and a brand new cast, this time following the five Buendías children as they struggle to survive together as a family after their parents are deported to Mexico.
“Twenty-five years ago, we imagined a story about five kids navigating the world after the untimely death of their parents,” said executive producers Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser.
“Today, stories of families being separated, children having to raise themselves in the wake of their parents’ deportations, don’t require any imagination; they are everywhere. This new iteration of ‘Party of Five’ isn’t a retread of the original; it’s a whole new look at kids trying to parent each other in the wake of circumstances beyond their control, yet learning a similar lesson: that families persist no matter how great the obstacles.”
“From the moment we heard that Amy and Chris were updating their iconic series with this timely and powerful twist, we knew we had to have this pilot. We’re honored to be the home for the next, brilliant iteration of their vision,” said Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of Programming and Development.
The announcement comes just as Freefrom is getting ready to launch the network’s “31 Days of Halloween,” a popular seasonal block of programming that is being expanded this year. Starting on October 1st, the network will be feature almost non-stop Halloween action, filled with movies and episodes custom curated for the network’s audience. This year’s event will also be the exclusive television home for the film “Hocus Pocus,” which is celebrating its 25 anniversary, and will end with an all-day marathon featuring the hauntingly beautiful Sanderson Sisters. Also marking a huge milestone, “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” will celebrate its 25 anniversary on October 29th.