A new series set in the world of “Suits” is currently in the preliminary stages of development, sources have confirmed with Variety.
The brainchild of Aaron Korsh, the creator of the original “Suits,” the potential series is not set to be a spinoff, prequel, or sequel to its predecessor. Instead, it aims to introduce entirely new characters within a fresh setting.
While no concrete decisions have been made, the recent surge in popularity of “Suits” on streaming platforms has led to speculation that the new series is a top priority for NBCUniversal. Currently, no specific network has been attached to the project. Although “Suits” and its spinoff “Pearson” initially aired on USA Network, the network has shifted its focus away from scripted content in recent times, making it unlikely for the new series to find a home there. Talks are underway with UCP, the production company behind the original show, to bring the new series to life. Additionally, David Bartis and Doug Liman, executive producers of the original series, are slated to executive produce the new project.
Variety reached out to NBCUniversal for comment but has yet to receive a response.
“Suits” originally aired on USA Network from 2011 to 2019, spanning nine seasons. The series boasted a star-studded cast including Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Gina Torres, Sarah Rafferty, among others.
While the show enjoyed success during its initial run, its recent resurgence in popularity can be attributed to its availability on streaming platforms. Since its debut on Netflix and Peacock, “Suits” has consistently dominated streaming ratings charts, even breaking records with the most appearances at No. 1 on Nielsen’s Streaming Top 10 chart.
The decision to explore a new series within the “Suits” universe comes amidst a shifting landscape in Hollywood. With the streaming market becoming increasingly competitive, studios and streamers are reportedly seeking out more moderately priced content such as procedurals and sitcoms. This move reflects a departure from the high-budget, IP-driven shows that have dominated in recent years.
Deadline was the first to report on the early development of the new “Suits” series.