An 'Ally McBeal' sequel is coming - and it could star Calista Flockhart

Promotional portrait of the cast of the television series,
Ally McBeal is apparently getting a sequel. (Getty Images)

It's been 20 years since Ally McBeal was last inside a courtroom, but a sequel series is reportedly in the works - and it could star Calista Flockhart.

The actor shot to fame for her role as the title character in the US legal drama which ran for five seasons from 1997 to 2002.

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Now, a sequel is apparently in early development at ABC according to Deadline, although its lead character will be somebody different.

Apparently, the new main character is set to be the daughter of Ally's roommate Renee Raddick (Lisa Nicole Carson), but Flockhart, 57, is said to have been approached to pick up her old role as a supporting character.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 18 : Calista Flockhart arrives at the 55th Annual Golden Globes Awards Show, January 18, 1998 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
Calista Flockhart played Ally McBeal. (Getty Images)

In the original series, Ally was a young lawyer who had joined the firm of her old law school classmate and found herself working with her ex-boyfriend, who was married to a lawyer at a rival firm.

The show's other stars included Jane Krakowski, Lucy Liu, Portia de Rossi, Robert Downey Jr, Taye Diggs, Peter MacNicol, Greg Germann and the late Anne Heche.

It isn't yet known whether any of the other former cast have been approached for a return.

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Ally McBeal was also known for its musical performances, with Vonda Shepard as a recurring guest singing in the bar at the end of each episode and Mariah Carey, Barry White and Anastacia among those making appearances.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25:  Actress Lisa Nicole Carson attends the 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards  at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 25, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
Lisa Nicole Carson's character's daughter will apparently lead the cast. (Getty Images)

The series won a number of Emmys during its five-season run and has reportedly been eyed for a sequel or reboot for years.

Since the show's end, Flockhart has starred in TV series Brothers & Sisters and Supergirl, and will feature in the 2023 series Feud: Bette and Joan.

The Ryan Murphy series tells the story of famous feuds, including the rivalry between Bette Davis, played by Susan Sarandon, and Joan Crawford, played by Jessica Lange.

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