A Miami Vice Reunion Movie: It’s Still Possible! Rick returns, with more news and an updated screenplay

Screenplay (updated 11/01/2015): Crockett Return’s To Miami…Vice? by Rick Eager (PDF, 205kb)

Synopsis: A two hour Miami Vice TV Reunion movie with the original cast, taking place in Miami today. In the last episode, Crockett and Tubbs tossed their badges to the ground, walking away forever. Crockett (burned out) headed south on a boat and Tubbs headed back to New York, later making Captain. Everyone comes together to celebrate Castillo’s retirement, who gets murdered before the party favors arrive. Crockett, who vowed never to be a cop again, and Tubbs are the only logical choice to investigate. Written in true Miami Vice form, its very cinematic with a music over from Genesis that turns visual on screen with a murder and has a surprise ending. See how our favorite characters have evolved and how it could open the door for a second generation Miami Vice TV series, with a heritage and ties to the original series.

WGAw Reg # 1322759
89 pages/minutes
Genre: Action, Drama and Comedy — written by a fan for the fans.
Note: Franchise and Music rights not secured.

I can’t believe it’s been 30 years since Miami Vice premiered. I wanted to do a little something in joining Summer to celebrate the greatest TV show that ever was. So, I thought about it. I’ve read all of your comments under my reunion scripts and would like to say, thank you to everyone that took the time to post a comment. I would like to address Matt Cornish’s comment with regard to the script and that it seems very similar to, “Deliver Us From Evil” and you further stated that was okay with you.

Rick Eager

Rick Eager

Matt you’re absolutely right. It always bothered me about Frank Hackman. We had known him in 1980, 1986, then again in 1988. At the end of the last episode we got, “To Be Continued,” but never was. We felt short changed. I think it must have been a subconscious thing with me when I wrote the ending to my script. I really wanted to bring some closure to Hackman and Crockett and finally did. I rewrote the phone call scene near the end of the script between Castillo and Crockett addressing this.

Some may ask, Why would Castillo even make that call to begin with? Actually, Castillo was smarter than any of his foes, planning a perfect exit. However, he was also smart enough to know Crockett worked from his “gut” and knew he would figure it out. Tubbs on the other hand, was a little of both and was the perfect bridge between them. He was rarely written into episodes that way though, which is why I’m not sure if the writers fully understood his character.

Chris G stated his profound knowledge of Miami Vice and commented that he thought, I had thought of everything in my script. I almost agree with you Chris, but the whole Hackman thing bothered me. After watching both Hackman episodes last night, I woke up with the answer this morning and finally brought closure. In the spirit of the 30th Anniversary, please check pages 87 – 89 of my revised script. I now think I have the perfect reunion script and pilot for a new Miami Vice TV series.

I now live in Southern California and the powers that be in film and the TV industry think that anything pre-millennium is totally irrelevant for today’s viewers. It was this same short sightedness that caused the 2006 movie to bomb. I guess I was the only one who did any research and knew how many original MV fans were out there and their attachment to the original characters. I think the industry is suffering from this same short sightedness and probably the reason there has been no reunion film.

Each original MV episode was a multi-million dollar mini movie. It was unlikeanything that was done prior… or since. The show was magic. The moment you started watching… you were sucked in. Both the music and the cinematography played a huge part in how the scene looked and felt on screen. The colors were bright, yet pastel. They were well calculated and blended. Nothing was left to chance. It had to look and feel a certain way. We’re just not seeing that talent today.

Clothes and style have always been a big part of film in Hollywood with some designers fairing better than others. Audrey Hepburn was dressed mostly in and preferred Givenchy. Bob Mackie set the fashion mark and was big in the 60’s and 70’s, dressing everyone in film and TV. He dressed all the big stars from Cher to Lucille Ball. And who can forget his outlandish costume drape-dress in Carol Burnett’s skit of, “Went With The With The Wind.” If you missed it, here are the videos:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH6TBEbP77Q
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nt0yi4wbro

Michael Mann’s signature to film, among other things were his water trucks, who hosed down the streets for night filming. His genius was to shoot reflections in them, becoming part of the scene. I heard Peter Gabriel for the first time and went out and bought his new album. The music was cutting edge. There was a certain magic about the show. Yes, big shoes to fill. I faced the same in writing this reunion script. I faced criticism in just mentioning the fact I was going to attempt it.

Michael Mann created this great cult classic and early on wasn’t interested in neutering it, passing it on to daycare, where it died a negligent death years later. In the end, I’m not sure if he sold out for a paycheck, the 599 Ferrari GTO or just want to do new projects. I dropped several scripts at his office door again last year around Thanksgiving, but never heard anything from him. I can honestly say, I don’t know where he stands, but if example and action speak, there’s an audible whisper.

It’s really too bad the industry feels and has responded the way it has. It’s seriously missing a new market. A new show would have to be done right with the right feel. If we can’t get Jan Hammer for new tracks, there are several local bands and musicians out here, playing nightly at The Troubadour, Whisky A Go-Go, and other Los Angeles area clubs. We have better tools today and a great blueprint on which to build. There’s still a market and fan interest, but sadly the industry has yet to embrace it.

A reunion movie would probably receive a record number of viewers in the ratings and record revenue from advertisers and vendors. My script is a two-show or two hour special, which could lead into a new Miami Vice series. Does it really matter all of our characters are older now? I am, so I really don’t think so. I think it would be nice hear Tubbs say, “Everting’ Irie.” See Gina smile, Noogie’s personality, Trudy’s booty, Izzy to speak his Cuban accent and Crockett to once again say, “Hey pal.”

I’ll leave you with those memorable thoughts…

Blessings All ~ Rick Eager


  1. Ntina Kitsou says

    Don’t kill Castillo. He would prove useful to councelling once in a while. Put him to live even if in a coma for sometime and in wheelchair or in bed untill he stands on his feet. Anything, but don’t kill Castillo. He is M.V. second most emblematic persona after Sonny.Don’t forget that.
    For the past 4 months i am (re)seeing 4 to 5 episodes a day.
    My specialty in writing is Pastiche, which is “absolute literary imitation”. I have done it 5 times up to now and can do it again with M.V. I could write that script better than anyone else as Sonny would say, “iiiiiiin aaaaa miiiinute”.

  2. b wilson says

    I think it would be great to get the whole cast together and do a reunion show. Of course the money would have to be right.


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