The current version of “Hawaii Five-0” has made numerous references to its predecessor over its two-plus seasons. The iconic theme song is the same, cast members from the original have made cameos, and guest star Ed Asner played the same role he did in the mid-1970s.
What “Five-0” hasn’t done thus far is remake an episode of the original series. That’s about to change, though: The show is set to film a remake of the 1973 episode “Hookman.”
“It was a standout and a fan favorite,” executive producer Peter Lenkov tells EW. “It sort of came to everyone’s mind — everyone remembered ‘Hookman.'”
The episode is about a double amputee (played by real-life amputee Jay J. Armes in 1973) who blames the police for his injuries and sets off to kill several cops who were on the scene when he lost his hands. In the original, McGarrett (Jack Lord) was on that list; in the remake, however, Hookman will have ties to McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) father.
Peter Weller (“Dexter,” “RoboCop”) will play the title character, and he’s also directing the episode, which will air early next year.
Here’s the opening of the original “Hookman”: