Texas forever! Supernatural star Jared Padalecki is lining up his next project after that long-running series ends next year: a reboot of the series Walker, Texas Ranger, which he'll executive-produce and star in as the titular hero, TV Guide has learned. If it's picked up, it will be his first role after the conclusion of his and Jensen Ackles' fantasy-horror series.
Walker, Texas Ranger ran for eight seasons on CBS from 1993 to 2001 and starred Chuck Norris as the iconic martial artist lawman Cordell Walker. Walker lived by the "Code of the Old West" and believed in treating people with respect and the occasional necessity of a good old-fashioned ass-kicking. The series was created by Albert S. Ruddy and Leslie Greif.
As first reported by Deadline, the new series will be called Walker and is described by CBS Television Studios as "a reimagining of the long running action/crime series Walker, Texas Ranger that will explore morality, family, and rediscovering our lost common ground. At the center of the series is Cordell Walker, a man finding his way back to his family while investigating crime in the state's most elite unit. Our broken widower and father of two returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years for a high profile case - only to discover that there's even more work to be done at home. In a nod to the original series, Walker and his new partner — one of the only women in Texas Rangers' history — are the modern day heroes our world needs, following their own moral code to fight for what's right, regardless of the rules."
It's reportedly being developed for The CW, home of Supernatural, or CBS, which has had success with similar reboots like Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver. It's written and executive-produced by Valor's Anna Fricke, who will serve as showrunner should the series be picked up. Other EPs include Dan Lin and Lindsey Libertore, Dan Spilo, and Padalecki himself. It will be a full reboot rather than a sequel series that would be directly connected to the original series, according to Deadline.
Supernatural's 15th and final season premieres Thursday, Oct. 10 on the CW.
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