'90's babies rejoice! One of the most iconic characters that brought us endless hours of point-and-click adventure fun is getting a major reboot at the hands of Netflix. Jane the Virgin star, Gina Rodriguez is set to portray the infamous Carmen Sandiego in an upcoming standalone feature film for Netflix's studios, which will be an extension of the animated series the studio is releasing in 2019, says Deadline.
Although the reboot does not have an official writer or director tied to the movie yet, Rodriguez is on board as a producer, and it looks like the franchise is going for an all-out revamping of the story. The reboot will allegedly include a line of books that will coincide with the launch of the TV series and subsequent film. Haughton Mifflin Haucort (HMH) is the owner of the Carmen Sandiego properties, and has paired up with Netflix and Rodriguez to bring the villainous, yet beloved character back to life.
The Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego? video game series is one of the longest-running games in history, and will likely trigger nostalgia for people who remember discovering "edutainment" in the classrooms, learning about geography, history and math through Carmen's adventures. Former television adaptations of the series have won of 45 daytime Emmy's, and the franchise has been praised for its strong portrayal of a Hispanic female lead.
Rodriguez, along with Kevin Misher and Caroline Fraser, will produce the new film through the actress' I Can and I Will production company. The film does not yet have a release date, but the animated and book series is set to release in 2019.