Rumors of a Taxi reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Tuesday (August 11) as reports claimed that ABC/NBC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 12/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 41 years since Taxi first aired?! (41 years, 11 months, to be exact.)
Why in the world did Taxi end?
When Taxi came to an end after 5 years in June 1983, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Iggy Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd), Louie De Palma (Danny DeVito), Alex Rieger (Judd Hirsch) and Tony Banta (Tony Danza). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Taxi reunion disappoint people?
Taxi aired from 1978-1983 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 DeVito said he's not sure if Taxi would work today. “I don't want to see old Louie De Palma,” he told a journalist (DeVito turned 75 in November). “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 Taxi movie?
In a recent interview, Danny DeVito said he can't imagine a Taxi 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 Tony Danza 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 Taxi movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Taxi film, Judd Hirsch stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Taxi reboot?
Recasting Taxi 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 Taxi reunion, a Taxi movie, or a Taxi reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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