The reboot will be a drama series centering on a daughter of undocumented immigrants returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, and learning that her teenage crush is not only a police officer but also a secret alien.
Written and executive produced by The Originals scribe Carina Adly MacKenzie, the new Roswell reflects the realities of its location in a state bordering Mexico. The original show was based on the Roswell High YA book series, and was developed by Jason Katims (whose resume now includes shows like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood).
Also executive producing are Justin Falvey, Amblin's Darryl Frank, Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown.
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Deadline reports the reimagining is written and produced by Carina Adly MacKenzie (The Originals), and is created to "reflect the realities of its location in a state bordering Mexico".
Roswell ran from 1999 to 2002 (its final season moved from the WB to UPN), and racked up a small but devoted fan base that famously showed its support for the show by shipping bottles of Tabasco - the condiment favoured by its extraterrestrial teens - to network execs. (Both would eventually write for the TV series.) The drama revolved around high school students in the town of Roswell, the site of a UFO incident in 1947.
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. The reboot is retaining parts of that original story while also intending to modernize it and include current political and societal themes.