The Avengers is being rebooted by Shane Black

Emily Hutchinson
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From Digital Spy

Shane Black is rebooting The Avengers, but probably not the version you're thinking about.

It turns out that the Nice Guys and Iron Man 3 director is hoping to bring back the cult British spy show, which used to air back in the 1960s, for a brand new TV programme.

Shane's teamed up with writing partner Fred Dekker to create a scripted TV pilot which could potentially reboot the original ITV show that first ran between 1961 and 1969.

But in case you're not familiar with the other version of The Avengers, the programme revolved around the life of British secret agent John Steed and his partners, mainly Emma Peel, as they busted the bad guys.

The show was then rebooted as a movie in 1998. Ralph Fiennes took on the role of John, while Uma Thurman starred as his partner Emma.

Sean Connery also appeared in the film as a villain, though it's safe to say that that the movie version wasn't exactly a success...

But with that in mind, it sounds like Shane and Fred will be sticking closer to the original TV show formula rather than using the film as his focus when it comes to the reboot.

"It's The Avengers, with John Steed and Emma Peel. We're setting it in Britain in the 60's, and our approach is The Ipcress File meets Doctor Who," he told The Dark Side Magazine (via Screen Rant) of the impending reboot.

And he's already getting out hopes up, as the director then added of his new project, "At this moment, it's my favourite thing we're working on."

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Well. Colour us excited!

It's not yet clear who will take on the roles of John Steed and Emma Peel if the script makes it to TV, though Diana Rigg, who played Emma on the series between 1965 and 1968, probably won't be on board.

The actress admitted back in 2015 that she actually wasn't too keen on the idea of bringing the show back.

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