If you’re a big fan of Smokey and the Bandit fan, then buckle up, buddy, because we’ve got some awesome news for you! The 1977 action/comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and a Pontiac Trans Am is getting the remake treatment in the form of a TV show.
David Gordon Green, the director of Pineapple Express and Eastbound and Down, is teaming up with frequent collaborator Brian Sides to co-write and co-executive produce the series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Fellow Green cohorts Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Brandon James of Rough House Pictures will also exec produce the potential series alongside Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins and their Fuzzy Door banner. Green will also direct the potential pilot.”
For Green, whose other credits include an ongoing reboot of the Halloween franchise, the Smokey and the Bandit appears to be somewhat of a passion project.
“Growing up in the south, Smokey and the Bandit was an iconic franchise for me. The legacy of these characters is a playground of swagger and sass that I’m excited to dig into,” Green told Variety.
Huggins added, “When UCP mentioned Smokey and the Bandit we were immediately drawn to it. We knew we had to remain faithful to its original setting in the South, and find an authentic voice. David’s immediate interest and his unique perspective and love for the original made it possible. Smokey and the Bandit was a very cool and irreverent film at the time and we hope to achieve that same feeling in the show.”
If you’re not familiar with the Smokey and the Bandit plot, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen the movie, it follows two bootleggers (played by the late Reynolds and country music star Jerry Reed) who attempt to illegally transport 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarkana to Atlanta, Georgia. Directed by Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham, the film also starred Jackie Gleason, Pat McCormick, and Paul Williams. Oh, and a basset hound named Fred.
The second-highest grossing film of 1977, getting beat out by Star Wars, the movie also spawned two sequels: Smokey and the Bandit II and Smokey and the Bandit.
Needless to say, we can’t wait until the TV show remake comes out!
20 Classic Smokey and the Bandit Quotes
Between the hilarious CB radio trucker talk from Reynolds’ Bo Darville (“Bandit”) and Reed’s Cledus Snow (“Snowman”) and the memorable moments from Gleason’s Sheriff Buford T. Justice, a.k.a. “Smokey,” there are too many classic Smokey and the Bandit quotes to count! Here, we’ll just look back on 20 of our favorites.
1). “You see son, old legends never die. They just lose weight.” — Big Enos
“I guess a legend and an out-of-work bum look a lot a like, daddy.” — Little Enos
2). “I think you’re just a little bit scared.” — Little Enos
“That’s real good psychology. Why don’t you say something bad about my mother?” — Bandit
“Your momma is so ugly…” — Little Enos
3). “What do you think they do for excitement in this town?” — Bandit
“Probably sit around and watch the cars rust.”— Cledus
4). “Did you see that? They went right through our roadblock.” — Cop
“You sombitches couldn’t close an umbrella.” — Sheriff Justice
5). “What we’re dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law.” — Sheriff Justice
6). “What’s a Texas county mounty doing in Arkansas?” — Bandit
“I don’t know.” — Cledus
“I don’t know.” — Carrie
“Well, who the heck knows?” — Bandit
“I really don’t know.” — Cledus
7). “Let me have a diablo sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I’m in a goddamn hurry.” — Sheriff Justice
8). “You have a great profile.” — Carrie
“Yeah, I do, don’t I? Especially from the side.” — Bandit
“Well, at least we agree on something.” — Carrie
“Yeah. We both like half of my face.” — Bandit
9). “Actually, my heaviest relationship was with an acid rock singer…named Robert Crumly. We were together, oh, eight-and-a-half days. God, I really thought that was it.” — Carrie
“And?” — Bandit
“One day, I came home and found him in the shower… with a girl… and her mother!” — Bandit
“Well, at least he kept it in the family.” — Bandit
10). “Damn, he had a lot of friends, didn’t he?” — Mike Henry
“If they’d cremated the sum-bitch, I could be kickin’ that Mr. Bandit’s ass around the moon by now.” — Sheriff Justice
11). “For the good old American life: for the money, for the glory, and for the fun… mostly for the money.” — Bandit
12). “The fact that you are a sheriff is not germane to the situation.” — Sheriff Branford
“The god damn Germans got nothin’ to do with it.” — Sheriff Justice
13). “You can’t drive a forklift.” — Cledus
“I can drive any forkin’ thing around.” — Bandit
14). “Hey, where’s Sheriff Branford?” — Sheriff Justice
“I am Sheriff Branford.” — Sheriff Branford
“Oh, pardon me. For some reason you sounded a little taller on radio.” — Sheriff Justice
15). “You want something?” — Sheriff Justice
“Hush puppies, daddy.” — Junior
“We don’t got time for that crap! Dumb sumbitch!” — Sheriff Justice
16). “Now, gettin’ to Texarkana and back in 28 hours, that’s no problem.” — Bandit
“It ain’t never been done before, hot shit.” — Little Enos
“Watch your language, little lady.” — Bandit
17). “I think I’m in love with your belt buckle.” — Carrie
18). “You chasin’ somebody Sheriff? Somebody chasin’ you?” — Bandit
“Nobody’s chasin’ me, boy!” — Sheriff Justice
19). “No, Bandit! Not this time! Cledus is not goin’ with you! He got in enough trouble last time! Dammit, Bandit, look at me when I’m talking to you!” — Waynette Snow
“I find it hard to look at you, Waynette. With all those curlers in your hair, you look like you’re tryin’ to pick up a radio station in Savannah.” — Bandit
20). “Nobody, and I mean NOBODY makes Sheriff Buford T. Justice look like a possum’s pecker.” — Sheriff Justice
“Except for that…” — Junior
“Shut your ass.” — Sheriff Justice
This post was originally published on October 22, 2020.