Tony Robinson has informed The Guardian of a possible reboot of the 80s sitcom that made him a superstar, BBC One’s Blackadder, pending the involvement of his former co-star, Hugh Laurie.
“I do think a new series of Blackadder is on the cards,” Robinson mused during a press conference. “I have spoken to virtually all the cast about this now. The only problem is Hugh’s fee. He’s a huge star now – or so he’d like to think.”
Laurie and Robinson starred in the BBC period sitcom from 1983 to 1989, alongside fellow British comic greats, Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson. Each of the four went on to become household names, but none reaped the glory of international fame more than Hugh Laurie, whose scarily accurate American accent landed him the starring role in stateside medical drama House, M.D., in addition to his work as an accomplished blues artist and comedian. In 2012, he was number 88 on Forbes’ annual list of top 100 celebrities, and his star power has only taken off since then.
However, as Laurie’s cooperation seems to be the only factor holding a Blackadder reunion back, he may be willing to reconsider a comeback for the sake of his costars being willing to give it a try, for nostalgia’s sake – exorbitant fees or not.
Then again, a large portion of Laurie’s fame is based off of his lovable portrayal of a stubborn curmudgeon, so maybe not. Either way, a Blackadder reunion would be spectacular – it might just bring down the House.