The original movie boasts early roles for Demi Moore, Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez, among others. The plan to bring the series into a contemporary timeframe means most of the original material will be scraped, because the film is steeped in ’80s culture mercifully left in the past.
In THR’s telling, several networks expressed “strong interest" in the series before it settled at ABC. The show’s producers include Joel Schumacher, the director of the original movie, and Topher Grace. Creative types involved in the show compare it to an hourlong version of Friends.