Sliders could be the latest show to get the reboot treatment.
We’re living in a time of revivals and reboots, where classic shows are finding a new lease of life. Sometimes that’s a great thing, sometimes the decision to bring back a show is far more questionable. But of all those old favourites that could return, Sliders might be the one most ripe for the reboot treatment.
The 90s sci-fi show starring Jerry O’Connell, John Rhys-Davies, Sabrina Lloyd and Clevant Derricks (with a number of further cast changes along the way) saw a group of people travelling to alternate Earths. While generally considered one of the 90s cult sci-fi gems, it was hampered by budget limitations and never fulfilled it’s potential, reaching cancellation after five years with just one original cast member (Derricks) involved.
John Rhys-Davies has hinted that a reboot could actually be on the cards. Speaking at Toronto Comicon, Rhys-Davies revealed talks have taken place with NBC about tentatively reviving Sliders.
“Jerry [O’Connell] had been pestering me for a number of years and we’re actually talking to NBC at the moment to see if there’s any possibility of rebooting the series. They’re looking into the basic question of who actually owns it. At the moment, we don’t seem to be able to find that out.
“I would do it again, if just to show how it should be done. It could have been the best show on television, it could still be on the air. I think maybe if we got another chance at doing it with the new technology, but also new stories, I think we could do something quite extraordinary. I wouldn’t want to do it for the rest of my life, but I would do it for a season or two if it was right.”
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