The CW is prepping a remake of its late 1990s and early 2000s sci-fi teen drama Roswell, but instead of a teen soap about high school drama, the concept is being reimagined as a timely immigration tale. Just, you know, also with aliens.
Deadline reports the reimagining is written and produced by Carina Adly MacKenzie (The Originals), and is designed to “reflect the realities of its location in a state bordering Mexico.” The story focuses on the daughter of an undocumented immigrant who returns home to New Mexico and reconnects with her high school crush, who is now a police officer. Oh, and in addition to being a cop, he’s also an alien (like, a space alien) who has spent his life in hiding in the alien-themed tourist trap of Roswell.
The series itself will follow their relationship as they rekindle their friendship, dig into extraterrestrial mysteries, stumble upon government cover-ups, and deal with general racism and the ways it can manifest in society no matter what type of alien you might be. There’s certainly a topical sci-fi story to mine there if they can strike the right tone, and with the right approach, it could have the makings of a clever sci-fi drama.
As far as any connection to the original series, which starred Katherine Heigl, Shiri Appleby, Colin Hanks, Jason Behr, and Brendan Fehr, there’s not much. An original producer on the 1990s series, Kevin Kelly Brown, is involved in the reboot — but aside from Brown it’s a fresh creative team. The story itself also seems unconnected to the narrative from the original series.
Are you glad to hear Roswell is making a comeback? Interested in the approach here?