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Charlie's Angels is an American media franchise that began with the original 1976 television series of the same name created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts.

Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels (franchise).png
Official logo of original television series
Created by
Original workCharlie's Angels (1976-1981)
Owned bySony Pictures Entertainment

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TelevisionEdit

Charlie's Angels (1976-1981)Edit

A wealthy mystery man named Charlie runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations.

Charlie's Angels (2011)Edit

Three different women get a chance to turn their lives around, they team up with John Bosley to fighting crime and working for the mysterious Charlie Townsend. The series served as a reboot to the original series.

FilmsEdit

Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producers
Charlie's Angels November 3, 2000 (2000-11-03) McG Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon and John August Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg and Nancy Juvonen
Charlie's Angels:
Full Throttle
June 27, 2003 (2003-06-27) John August, Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley John August
Charlie's Angels November 15, 2019 (2019-11-15) Elizabeth Banks Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, Elizabeth Cantillon and Doug Belgrad

Charlie's Angels (2000)Edit

The captivating crime-fighting trio who are the masters of disguise, espionage and martial arts. When a devious mastermind embroils them in a plot to destroy individual privacy, the Angels, aided by their loyal sidekick Bosley, set out to bring down the bad guys. But when a terrible secret is revealed it makes the Angels targets for assassination.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)Edit

The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database.

Charlie's Angels (2019)Edit

In September 2015, it was announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment was planning to reinvigorate the Charlie's Angels franchise, with the project of a new film in-development. With the announcement, Sony confirmed that they were in early negotiations to hire Elizabeth Banks to serve as director, as she was also signed to serve as co-producer with her husband Max Handelman.[1] By April 2016, Banks was officially hired as director.[2][3]

In July 2018, it was announced that the three new leads will be Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. Co-writer/director, Banks will also portray the role of Bosley.[4] Banks will also serve as co-screenwriter with David Auburn, Jay Basu, Carlo Bernard, from a story derived from previous drafts written by Semi Chellas, Craig Mazin and Doug Miro.[5] Banks commented that, "Charlie’s Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the '70s." ... “This film honors the legacy of Charles Townsend and his agency while introducing a new era of modern and global Angels. I couldn’t be more excited to work with Kristen, Naomi and Ella to bring this chapter to fans around the world."[4] Auburn and Evan Spiliotopoulos did a re-write of the script, while the final draft was written solely by Banks.[6]

Principle photography began on September 23, 2018 and wrapped production on December 9th of the same year.[7][8] Charlie's Angels is scheduled to for release on November 15, 2019.

Animated web seriesEdit

Charlie's Angels: Animated Adventures, an animated prequel web series consisting of six episodes. The series follows the Angels are on a mission to find U.S. Marshal, Ray Carter was kidnapped until they arrived in Mongolia to rescue, leading the events of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.[9]

CastEdit

Key
  • A V indicates the actor or actress lent only his or her voice for his or her film character.
  • A Y indicates the actor portrayed the role of a younger version of the character.
  • A C indicates a cameo appearance.
  • A dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Characters Television series Films Reboot series Web series
Charlie's Angels Charlie's Angels Charlie's Angels:
Full Throttle
Charlie's Angels Charlie's Angels Charlie's Angels:
Animated Adventures
1976-1981 2000 2003 2019 2011 2003
The Angels
Sabrina Duncan Kate Jackson
Jill Munroe Farrah Fawcett
Kelly Garret Jaclyn Smith Photograph Jaclyn SmithC
Kris Munroe Cheryl Ladd
Tiffany Welles Shelley Hack
Julie Rogers Tanya Roberts
Natalie Cook Cameron Diaz Silent
Dylan Sanders /
Helen Zaas
Drew Barrymore Silent
Alex Munday Lucy Liu Silent
Future Angels Mary-Kate and
Ashley Olsen
C
Sabina Wilson Kristen Stewart
Elena Houghlin Naomi Scott
Chloe Kano Ella Balinska
Kate Prince Annie Ilonzeh
Abigail "Abby" Simpson Rachael Taylor
Eve French Minka Kelly
Taylor BlackwellY
Gloria Martinez Nadine Velazquez
Anahi ArticaY
Townsend Agency
Charles "Charlie" Townsend John ForsytheV TBA Victor GarberV John ForsytheV
John Bosley David Doyle Bill Murray Bill Murray
(photograph)
Ramon Rodriguez
Jimmy Bosley Bernie Mac
Bosley Elizabeth Banks
Djimon Hounsou
Patrick Stewart
The Saint Luis Gerardo Mendez
The Cast
Thin Man Crispin Glover Crispin Glover
Zack ShadaY
Jason Gibbons Matt LeBlanc
Peter Kominsky Luke Wilson
Eric Knox /
John McAdam
Sam Rockwell
Roger Corwin Tim Curry
Vivian Wood Kelly Lynch
Mr. Jones LL Cool J
Chad Tom Green
Doris /
Woman at Crime Scene
Melissa McCarthyC
Max Petroni Shia LaBeouf
Seamus O'Grady Justin Theroux
Marshal Ray Carter Robert Patrick Silent
Madison Lee Demi Moore
Randy Emmers Rodrigo Santoro
Mr. Munday John Cleese
Momma Bosley Ja'net DuBois
Antonioni Crime Boss Michael Guarnera
Alexander Brock Sam Claflin
Langston Noah Centineo
TBA Jonathan Tucker
Samantha Masters Erica Durance
Victor Simpson John Terry
Ray Goodson Isaiah Mustafa
Nestor Rodrigo / Pajaro Carlos Bernard
Nadia Ivanov Ivana Milicevic
Zoe Sinclair / Oswald Peyton List

Additional crew & production detailsEdit

Film Crew/Detail
Composer(s) Cinematographer Editor(s) Production
companies
Distributing
companies
Running time
Charlie's Angels Edward Shearmur Russell Carpenter Wayne Wahrman & Peter Teschner Columbia Pictures,
Flower Films (II),
Tall Trees Productions,
Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Co. Movie KG
Sony Pictures Releasing,
Columbia Pictures
1hr 38min
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Wayne Wahrman Columbia Pictures,
Flower Films (II),
Tall Trees Productions,
Wonderland Sound and Vision
Sony Pictures Entertainment,
Sony Pictures Releasing,
Columbia Pictures
1hr 46min
Charlie's Angels Brian Tyler Bill Pope Mary Jo Markey Sony Pictures Entertainment,
Columbia Pictures,
2.0 Entertainment,
Brownstone Productions (II),
Flower Films (II),
The Cantillon Company
Sony Pictures Releasing TBA

ReceptionEdit

Box office performanceEdit

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Ref.
North America Other
territories
Worldwide
Charlie's Angels November 3, 2000 $125,305,545 $138,800,000 $264,105,545 $93 million [10]
Charlie's Angels:
Full Throttle
June 27, 2003 $100,830,111 $158,345,677 $259,175,788 $120 million [11]
Total $226,135,656 $297,145,677 $523,281,333 $213 million [12]

Critical responseEdit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Charlie's Angels 68% (142 reviews)[13] 52 (34 reviews)[14] A-[15]
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 43% (182 reviews)[16] 48 (39 reviews)[17] B+[15]

CrossoversEdit

Note: The table below only accounts for full crossover events, single guest appearances are not included.

With other seriesEdit

Crossover between Episode Type Actors crossing over Date aired
Series A Series B
Charlie's Angels Vegas "Angels in Vegas" (Parts 1 & 2)
(Charlie's Angels 3.01 & 3.02)
Guest appearance Appearing in Series A: Robert Urich September 13, 1978
When violent and suspicious deaths strike his closest friends, a casino boss hires the Angels to go undercover at the Tropicana Casino in Las Vegas. The Angels must discover the culprit behind the series of mysterious murders before it's too late. The character Dan Tanna (played by Robert Urich) from the detective series Vegas appeared in the episode "Angels in Vegas" a week before the Vegas season one debut. The crossover was simply used to reintroduce the Dan Tanna character and to promote Vegas as an ongoing series.[18]
Charlie's Angels The Love Boat "Love Boat Angels" (Parts 1 & 2)
(Charlie's Angels 4.01 & 4.02)
Guest appearance Appearing in Series A: Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange and Lauren Tewes September 12, 1979
Tiffany Welles joins the Townsend Agency after Sabrina Duncan has quit to get married and start a family. Charlie tells his girls to take a cruise on the Pacific Princess to catch art thief Paul Hollister. Kris offers to get close to their target, but soon begins to feel an attraction to him. The characters of the series The Love Boat, are guest starred in a two-hour season premiere of season 4. Is is also the debut appearance of Shelley Hack as Tiffany Welles.

Merchandising and other mediaEdit

Collectible itemsEdit

During the original series' run, Hasbro Industries produced an extensive range of Charlie's Angels merchandise, which was distributed in the US, the UK, and other international markets.[19] A numerous variety of collectible items were produced, including two versions of dolls, boardgames, numerous posters, several sets of trading cards, notebooks, a lunchbox and thermos set, Charlie's Angels toy van, children's beauty products and even record albums. Author Sherrie A. Inness, in the text 'Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s' writes that "Charlie's Angels merchandise was big business, Hasbro Industries spent over $2.5 million to advertise its Charlie's Angels dolls".[20]

In the UK, as was common with many popular US programs of the era, a series of tie-in hardcover annuals were published by World International Publishing Ltd, containing stories, comics, photos, puzzles and features on the stars. There are four Charlie's Angels annuals in total.[21]

Although it was not connected to the show, a 1976 poster of Farrah Fawcett sporting a red bathing suit became the biggest selling poster in history with 20 million copies sold. This poster also helped the burgeoning popularity of the series. The red swimsuit that helped make Farrah Fawcett a 1970s icon became part of the Smithsonian’s collection in 2011.[22] The picture has been immortalized as a Black Label Barbie Collection doll and the legendary red bathing suit has been donated to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The designer of that swimsuit is Norma Kamali.[23]

Video gamesEdit

In July 2003, three Charlie's Angels games were released on three different gaming platforms: Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and the mobile phone. The versions released on the GameCube and PlayStation 2 were virtually the same and were both titled Charlie's Angels. The version released for the mobile phone was modified to fit the technical restrictions of the platform, and was titled Charlie's Angels: Road Cyclone.

In April 2008, Ojom announced a new Charlie's Angels mobile phone game entitled Charlie's Angels: Hellfire. The game is now available on operator portals across Europe.

Comic booksEdit

Two British comic strip versions were produced. The first appeared in the Polystyle publication Target in April 1978, drawn by John Canning. Target was a sister title to the long-running TV Comic aimed at older children and featuring TV action and crime shows of the day. Proving unpopular, it folded in August and merged back into TV Comic where Canning's Angels strip continued until October 1979. The second strip was printed in Junior TV Times Look-in, debuting in November 1979 (as soon as Polystyle's deal expired), written by Angus Allan and drawn by Jim Baikie [24] and Bill Titcombe.

In June 2018, a six-issue limited comic book series based on the television series was launched by Dynamite Entertainment.[25] A crossover comic book series with Charlie's Angels and The Bionic Woman, was released on July 3, 2019.[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Elizabeth Banks in Talks to Direct New 'Charlie's Angels' Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "Elizabeth Banks to Direct Charlie's Angels Reboot". Vanityfair.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ Kitchener, Shaun (22 March 2017). "Charlie's Angels REBOOT news: Elizabeth Banks gives coy update - is it still happening?". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b Lee, Benjamin (26 July 2018). "Charlie's Angels: Kristen Stewart to head up Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot" – via www.theguardian.com.
  5. ^ "View source for Charlie's Angels" – via Wikipedia.
  6. ^ https://www.charliesangels.movie/synopsis/
  7. ^ https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/986615-production-begins-on-new-charlies-angels-movie
  8. ^ https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/1016555-charlies-angels-reboot-wraps-production#
  9. ^ "Charlie's Angels: Animated Adventures". Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
  10. ^ "Charlie's Angels (2000)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "Charlie's Angels series". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Charlie's Angels (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Charlie's Angels". Metacritic. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  16. ^ "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Charlie's Angels". Tv.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  19. ^ McGoldrick, Anthony A (2013-03-10). TV Toys. ISBN 9780747813385.
  20. ^ Inness, Sherrie A (2003-01-13). Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s. ISBN 978-0812218411.
  21. ^ http://www.museum.tv/eotv/charliesang.htm
  22. ^ https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/2/farrah-fawcetts-red-swimsuit-going-smithsonian/
  23. ^ http://people.com/style/farrah-fawcett-iconic-red-swimsuit-designer-norma-kamali/
  24. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/baikie_jim.htm
  25. ^ "Charlie's Angels Comes To Comics in June with John Layman and Joe Eisma Embracing the '70s". Comicsbeat.com. 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  26. ^ Graeme McMillan (April 17, 2019). "'Charlie's Angels/Bionic Woman' Team for Comic Book Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 2, 2019.