Agent Vaughn to J.J. Abrams: How Dare You Reboot Alias?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Remember last month when we reported that ABC and J.J. Abrams had plans to reboot the spy series Alias? Well, Michael Vartan, who played Agent Vaughn on the show during its entire 2001-2006 run, is calling BS.

If there's going to be another Alias, he says he's still available.

"I heard rumors of it, and to be honest with you, I find it absolutely preposterous," Vartan said in a conference call on June 7, while he was promoting the medical drama Hawthorne. "I'm still young enough to run down a hallway, and so is Jennifer [Garner]. What is this nonsense of recasting Alias? Give us 20 years at least. How dare they?"

He's being sarcastic there, and he says it with a laugh, but there is a kernel of truth to Vartan's rant. Wouldn't getting Vartan and Garner back for some butt-kicking adventures be better than starting over?

"It just feels a little soon to reboot Alias," Vartan continued. "But hey, you know what? Stranger things have happened, so we'll just have to wait and see. The one little thing I heard is that it would be with a new cast, which I find kind of weird, because like I said, we're all still young enough to do that."

Maybe Vartan is onto something. Would the original Alias-ers be game for a reunion? Now it's time to put your money where your mouth is, Vaughn. If ABC comes calling, will you really sign up?

"To be honest with you, it would have to be the entire returning cast from the original series, and I venture to say that would be impossible to put together," Vartan said. "People are scattered; their careers have changed. Some people are not even in the business anymore. Some people are movie stars. Of course, it's work, and if you get a chance to work with a talented group of people, that's always something I'd be interested in."

We say go for it. Garner is better in kick-ass roles than in those romantic comedies with Matthew McConaughey and Ashton Kutcher. Alias starred Garner as a college student working undercover as a spy. Her life only got more complicated from there. The original series developed into a complex mythology about an inventor named Rambaldi and the magical artifacts he created.

Vartan is now focused on his new show, and he closed with another joke about Hollywood reboots. "I heard that they're rebooting Hawthorne. I'd be much more interested in getting on that."