'The Facts of Life': Leonardo DiCaprio to co-produce reboot of popular '80s sitcom with Jessica Biel
Producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel will be hoping that the new show will buck the trend of recent reboots of '80s classics not living up to their expectations
Fans of 'The Facts of Life' – the very popular '80s sitcom – who have been mourning the recent passing of the show's original star Charlotte Rae have a reason to rejoice. Leonardo DiCaprio has taken it upon himself to bless the fans of the show with a surprising upcoming reboot, according to Deadline.
Charlotte Rae, who was 92 when she passed away on August 5, played the role of the much-loved Drummond family housekeeper Edna Garrett. The show was basically a spin-off of 'Different Strokes'. In it, Edna's character takes the job of a housemother and becomes a mentor to a group of young girls at a gender-exclusive boarding academy.
I was just thinking about Charlotte Rae the other day when they announced the Facts of Life reboot and how hard it's going to be to replace her memorable Mrs. Garrett. RIP. pic.twitter.com/x4805A8qwi— John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) August 6, 2018
The series ran primarily in the '80s – from 1979 to 1988 – and was the longest-running US TV show from the decade. Quite ahead of its time, it dealt with various issues like sex, drug abuse and eating disorders. The show reached such grand heights that it even went on to earn three Emmy nominations over its nine years.
Apart from Rae, the show starred Lisa Whelchel as Blair, Kim Fields as Tootie, Mindy Cohn as Natalie, and Nancy McKeon as Jo, and ran for 209 episodes, showcasing the lives of the pupils at the all-female Eastland boarding school.
Now, DiCaprio has embarked on the journey to deliver the reboot and has joined forces with Jessica Biel to co-produce the series through their production companies: DiCaprio's Appian Way and Biel's Iron Ocean Films. Hopefully, the new show will buck the trend of recent reboots of '80s classics not living up to their expectations.
Much like the recently canceled fan-favorite sitcom 'Roseanne', which was taken off by ABC after its lead actor Roseanne Barr decided to go on an offensive Twitter rant targeting former Obama advisor Valerie Jett with racist comments.
'Roseanne' is now being replaced by the spinoff 'The Conners'. In other '80s revival news, a reboot of 'Murphy Brown' is also expected to premiere on CBS this September. Also, earlier this week, it was also reported that a reboot of 'ALF' is currently being developed too.