HOLLYWOOD – After years of speculation Netflix have confirmed they are remaking the popular 70s sitcom Happy Days.
“We’re very excited about introducing Happy Days to a new generation,” said Chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.
Most of the cast have signed on to play their characters and although the premise will slightly differ from the original show, the spirit remains the same.
Set in the 1980s, the Happy Days remake picks up with the gang 30 years later. The Fonz is a High school Principal, Richie Cunningham runs a chain of video stores, Joanie is a lounge singer and Ralph Malf and Potsie are a happily married gay couple with two unruly adopted children.
According to Sarandos, every actor in Hollywood has been clamoring for a part in the new show:
My phone hasn’t stopped ringing and unfortunately there isn’t currently a role for everyone who wants to get involved. At the moment we’ve got Miles Teller playing The Fonz’s son, Amy Poheler is on board as Riche’s wife and Bryan Cranston will make a guest appearance as an eccentric chemistry teacher. We’ve still got a few casting decisions to be made and we’re currently unsure about the role of Chachi. Scott Baio, who played the part in the original series, has refused to return unless his character is a half-human/half-cyborg sent back in time from a dystopian future to assassinate the president. We’re not sure how we’re going to make that idea fit with the tone of the show but rest assured, our writers are working hard and I’m confident Scott will be happy with the results.
During the interview Sarandos also revealed that Netflix is negotiating to bring back another legendary series:
It’s still early days but we are looking to revive Cheers. Ted Danson and Shelly Long are interested but Woody Harrelson is refusing to return unless we relocate the bar to Colorado and it only sells weed.
Happy Days is due on Netflix in 2017.