Justin Lin has signed on to direct the pilot for a CBS reboot of the hit 80’s action adventure series “Magnum P.I.,” which is being written by Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, showrunners for the successful revival of “Hawaii Five-O.”
The revival will see Thomas Magnum, who was played in the original series by Tom Selleck, be reimagined as an ex-Navy SEAL returning from combat in Afghanistan and repurposing his military skills as a private investigator. Alongside him are fellow military vets Theodore “TC” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright and disavowed MI6 agent Juliet Higgins, with the latter character originally being a male former British major played by John Hillerman but being rewritten as a woman for the revival.
Davis Entertainment, Universal TV and CBS TV are producing, with Lin and his partner Danielle Woodrow serving as executive producers through Perfect Storm Entertainment alongside Lenkov and Guggenhiem.
In addition to this pilot, Lin’s future projects include the next two installments of the “Fast & Furious” series, to be released in 2020 and 2021, and a dramatic adaptation of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”. Lin is repped by CAA and attorney Warren Dern at Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.
Katharine Hepburn in “Dragon Seed” (1944)Caucasian Hepburn played a Chinese woman in this big-screen adaptation of the Pearl S. Buck novel.
Marlon Brando in “The Teahouse of the August Moon” (1956)Brando starred as an Okinawan translator for the U.S. Army in this comedy about the American occupation of the island nation.
John Wayne in “Conquerer” (1956)Wayne was cast as Mongol conquerer Genghis Khan in what’s considered by many to be one of the worst films of all time.
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Charlton Heston in “Touch of Evil” (1958)Heston starred as Ramon Miguel Vargas in the 1958 crime film, a Mexican narcotics officer.
Mickey Rooney in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)More caricature than character, Rooney starred as the buck-toothed, Japanese Mr. Yunioshi in the 1961 film, which has faced volumes of criticism since.
Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” (1961)Wood plays a Puerto Rican in the 1961 film, although she was Russian-American.
Laurence Olivier in “Othello” (1965)Not only did the white actor play a Moor in 1965’s “Othello,” he did so while wearing blackface.
Al Pacino in “Scarface” (1983)Pacino plays a Cuban gangster in the 1983 film, and many criticized his over-the-top, offensive accent.
Anthony Hopkins in “Mask of Zorro” (1998)Welsh actor Hopkins starred as the Spanish Zorro, a.k.a. Don Diego de la Vega in the 1998 film.
Rob Schneider in “50 First Dates” (2004)Schneider seems to play a different ethnicity in every Adam Sandler movie. In “The Waterboy” he was the “You can do it!” guy, in “Big Daddy,” he was a Middle-Eastern Delivery man, and in “50 First Dates,” he plays a native Hawaiian. Badly.
Mike Myers in “The Love Guru” (2008)Myers played an Indian-American Guru in the roundly panned movie, in which he dressed up a lot of racist jokes in a terrible accent.
Every character from “21” (2008)The movie follows a group of math students who come up with a card counting strategy to win big in Vegas. While the movie had a predominantly white cast, the real life MIT students were all Asian-American.
Jake Gyllenhaal in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010)Gyllenhaal plays a Middle-Eastern prince in the film, which many called “insulting” and “the perfect example of whitewashing.”
Johnny Depp in “Lone Ranger” (2013)Like Mara, Johnny Depp played a Native American in Disney’s film, which sparked outrage among fans and critics despite the actor’s claims that his great-grandmother had mostly Cherokee blood.
Rooney Mara in “Pan” (2015)Mara was cast as Tiger Lily, a Native American, in the 2015 film.
Emma Stone in “Aloha” (2015)Stone played a Chinese/Swedish/Hawaiian woman in this critically and commercially disappointing Cameron Crowe romantic-comedy.
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