'The 4400' Reboot: What We Know About The CW Remake

The 4400 will soon be returning to Earth again, with The CW giving a straight-to-series order for a new version of the cult USA Network series, which ran for four seasons from 2004 to 2007.

This new version of the show that saw 4,400 missing people from the last century reappear all at once will be headed by Ariana Jackson, a Riverdale producer who also has credits on UnReal and Lethal Weapon. Joining her in creating this reboot will be Anna Fricke and Laura Terry, the team that was behind the recent CW remake of Walker, Texas Ranger starring Jared Padalecki.

The official synopsis for the new show reads: "As the government races to analyze the potential threat and contain the story, the 4400 themselves must grapple with the fact that they've been returned with a few... upgrades, and the increasing likelihood that they were all brought back now for a specific reason."

The show was one of the first original scripted series commissioned by the USA Network, and starred Joel Gretsch, Megalyn Echikunwoke and future Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. The cast of the new version, however, has not yet been announced.

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'The 4400' is getting a reboot on The CW. The CW

A 4400 reboot has been in the works at The CW since 2018, when it was set to be written by Elementary's Craig Sweeny and Justified's Taylor Elmore. The show, however, has now been greenlit with a new creative team.

At that time, The CW gave a longer summary for their vision of the series: "Over the course of recent history, 4,400 young adults in their reproductive prime have gone missing all over the world—some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the infamous day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957.

"One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day; none have any memory of where they've been. The so-called '4400' must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world... and also contend with the reality that they've come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand."

This new version of The 4400 joins a number of reboots that have aired on the channel in recent years, including Walker, Charmed, Dynasty and Roswell, New Mexico. News of the reboot was also released on the day that The CW announced they were working on a live-action reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, an adaptation of the Naomi comic books from When They See Us' Ava DuVernay and a comedy drama about millennial nuns.

So far, a release date for the new 4400 has not been announced. However, The CW tends to give its show's freshman seasons shorter than usual episode orders, debuting them at midseason. This means that we may see the show as early as January 2022.

The 4400 is coming soon to The CW.