Elizabeth Banks Shares Her Pitch and Reason For Rebooting CHARLIE'S ANGELS

This year we’re getting a new Charlie’s Angel film starring Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Scott, and Kristen Stewart. What’s more is that Banks is also directing, producing, and was a screenwriter with a specific idea in mind when she pitched the film. According to CinemaBlend, this was her pitch:

I thought you could expand the world beyond three women on the beach in California and relaunch it as a global spy franchise. I thought about [the detective agency’s faceless boss] Charles Townsend as the basis of it, and the ‘70s, which is when I was born, and the women’s movement over the past 40 years. And I thought about what a really wealthy man who was a benefactor to these women in the ‘70s would have grown that organization into over 40 years.

Banks continues to explain:

I went back to the original idea in Charlie’s Angels, which was that women were in the workforce. And all of the things that I feel are happening in the women’s movement right now, whether it be #MeToo, or — I say this in a time of dire straits for women’s rights in this country right now — but I feel like all those things are happening because women are in the workforce in greater numbers than ever in human history. I just wanted to make a movie about women at work, working together. I wanted to make a movie that was not about their boyfriends that they didn’t see enough, or the cats they didn’t feed, or the mother that they didn’t call, because I don’t worry about those things in my daily life. And so, in that way, I felt like we were updating the idea of Charlie’s Angels.

It sounds like a reasonable pitch to continue a franchise. What are your thoughts on this film? Do you like the pitch?

Charlie’s Angels will release on November 15th.

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