Rumors of a Chicago Hope reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Thursday (October 21) as reports claimed that CBS confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2022.
UPDATE 22/10/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 27 years since Chicago Hope first aired?! (27 years, 24 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Chicago Hope end?
When Chicago Hope came to an end after 6 years in May 2000, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Doctor Aaron Shutt (Adam Arkin), Doctor Phillip Watters (Héctor Elizondo) and Doctor Jeffrey Geiger (Mandy Patinkin). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Chicago Hope reunion disappoint people?
Chicago Hope aired from 1994-2000 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Arkin said he's not sure if Chicago Hope would work today. “I don't want to see old Doctor Aaron Shutt,” he told a journalist (Arkin turned 65 in August). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a Chicago Hope movie?
In a recent interview, Mae Whitman (who played Sara Wilmette between 1995 and 1999) said she can't imagine a Chicago Hope reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Carla Gugino (who played Doctor Gina Simon between 1999 and 2000) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Chicago Hope movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Chicago Hope film, Eric Stoltz stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Chicago Hope reboot?
Recasting Chicago Hope for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Chicago Hope reunion, a Chicago Hope movie, or a Chicago Hope reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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