Everybody wants to live,
Like they wanna live and everybody wants to love,
Like they wanna love,
And everybody wants to be...closer to free.
You know this song. You love this song. Party of Five's theme song holds up as one of the greatest of the 90s, but the lyrics could soon have a different meaning once the reboot happens.
Yes, you heard that right. The iconic show about five siblings who are left to fend for themselves after their parents are killed by a drunk driver is coming back to television, but not in the way you might think. It's not like the Roseanne or Full House where the original cast is coming back to your screens as older versions of themselves. Think more like 90210 and Hawaii 5-0. It's the story you already know, but with a modern twist.
Freeform has gotten the rights to Party of Five and has decided to give it a modern day twist. You probably won't be seeing Matthew Fox or Neve Campbell show up, unless it's for a cameo, because the network and original creators of the show, Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, have decided to make it a little more political than we remember.
Keyser and Lippman have teamed up with writer Michal Zebede and director Rodrigo Garcia to get started on a pilot that is set to take on a hot button political topic.
Instead of the Salinger siblings, the show will focus on the Buendias children. And instead of the parents being killed by a drunk driver, they will have been deported to Mexico. The show is hoping to shed light on the destructive immigration crackdowns and how it affects children who were born in the country.
The show has not yet been committed to a full series, just a pilot, so if the story doesn't play out then who knows if they'll decide to revert back to the original. It's also unclear as to whether or not all of the show's Buendias siblings will have been born in the United States.
Freeform has a history of tackling social issues with younger viewers. With shows like The Fosters, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, and Switched at Birth, they are no stranger to addressing prominent issues that others may not want to touch on.