The 4400 is not a show that gets name-dropped very often these days, but that will soon change. The slow-burn sci-fi mystery series, which ran for four seasons on USA Network from 2004 to 2007 will make its own dare to defy attempt with a reboot series now being planned for The CW.
The current version of the original producing studio of The 4400, CBS Television Studios, is returning to the property to produce a reboot/reimagining of the series, developed as an offering for The CW. The studio has given the reigns of the series to the overall-deal-fulfilling duo of Taylor Elmore (Justified, Limitless) and a writer/producer from the original series in Craig Sweeny (Elementary, Limitless). Elmore and Sweeny will co-write the pilot an serve as executive producers. Additionally, Elmore has been designated as the showrunner under the ideal scenario of a greenlight.
The plot of the reboot series is being teased in a statement with the following description:
In the series, over the course of recent history, four thousand four hundred young adults in their reproductive prime have gone missing all over the world. Some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day and none have any memory of where they’ve been. The so called “4400” must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.
The 4400, created by René Echevarria and Scott Peters was a concept-based sci-fi drama, depicting ordeal of 4400 people who, over several decades going back to 1938, mysteriously disappeared into beams of white lights. However, the inciting incident depicts the shocking return of the eponymous 4400, who all reappeared at once – unaged and unaware of what occurred – in the Cascade Range foothills near Mount Rainier, Washington. Consequently, the series centers on the mystery of their disappearance and the aftermath of the events on the returned (who start to develop strange abilities,) and the federal agents immersed in the investigation.
The original series brandished an enormous ensemble cast, notably with a pre-stardom Mahershala Ali, also consisting of names like Billy Campbell, Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Conchita Campbell, Patrick John Flueger, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Chad Faust, Samantha Ferris and Richard Kahan.
While The 4400 may seem like a wildly random revival, one could surmise that NBC’s recent sci-fi-esque mystery series, Manifest, which arrived brandishing a similar premise about the seemingly-supernatural return of long-missing people, could have been the catalyst. Indeed, NBC recently gave Manifest a full season extension; a move that might have stoked ideas about the viability of rebooting The 4400.
We will keep you updated on The CW’s reboot of The 4400 as things develop.