'Miami Vice' Reboot Spearheaded by Vin Diesel in Works at NBC

'Fast and the Furious' star to produce – but not star in – reboot of classic cop drama

Nearly 30 years after 'Miami Vice' last aired on television, the series could return to the small screen thanks to a reboot spearheaded by Vin Diesel. Credit: Getty, REX

Nearly 30 years after Miami Vice last aired on television, the series could return to the small screen thanks to a reboot spearheaded by Vin Diesel.

The Fast and the Furious franchise star and producer Chris Morgan, who penned six of the Fast & Furious films, will revive the series for NBC, which originally broadcast the Michael Mann crime drama from 1984 to 1990.

Although Diesel seems tailor-made to take on the Crockett role popularized by Don Johnson in the original series – and Colin Farrell in the 2006 big-screen adaptation – it appears that the actor will only produce and not star in the Miami Vice reboot, the Hollywood Reporter writes.

Peter Macmanus, a veteran of series like USA's Satisfaction and Spike's The Mist – itself a reboot of the film based on the Stephen King short story – will pen the pilot.

Miami Vice is the latest in a long string of big- and small-screen properties to get rebooted or revived for television in recent years, with varying results: Series based on Lethal Weapon, MacGyver, Taken and Training Day haven't touched the impact of their predecessors, whereas reinventions of Fargo and Twin Peaks: The Return have found critical acclaim and fervent audiences.