The CW may not have found success adapting Wonder Woman to TV with Amazon just yet, but the plan hasn’t been abandoned. The proposed origin story of Diana of Themyscira wasn’t able to make a spring development cycle, but the network isn’t letting that stall momentum.
With a new writer, and a willingness to develop the series for even a mid-season premiere (granted the script is where they want it to be by then), comic fans may see Amazon on their TV screens before long.
It was clear from the first announcement of Amazon‘s development that the network was hastening production on the heels of Arrow‘s success – apparently moving into casting a lead actress before the script was agreed upon by all parties. Ultimately the show was postponed, leaving many to wonder if the series would be just another case of Wonder Woman proving too problematic to adapt.
According to CW President Mark Pedowitz, that’s not the case. Addressing the media concerning the network’s upcoming schedule on Thursday, HitFix reports, Pedowitz spoke quite candidly when asked if the network still had plans for Amazon:
“Oh God yes…It is being redeveloped. We’re waiting for the script to come in. We have not seen it yet. We are preparing to pilot it off-cycle should the script be what we want it to be. We do not want to produce something that doesn’t work for that particular character. It is the trickiest of all the DC characters to get done.”
No one is going to disagree with Pedowitz’z claim that making Wonder Woman work with modern audiences isn’t easy – just ask David E. Kelley if you need proof. Apparently, tackling this tricky task means that the previous script developed by comic and TV writer Allan Heinberg (Grey’s Anatomy, The OC) has been scrapped, and Aron Coleite has been called on for a new treatment.
Coleite is no stranger to comic books, having scribed three story arcs for “Ultimate X-Men” back in 2008-2009, but it’s his TV work that gives a stronger sense of what to expect. Most notably, producing and writing ten episodes of NBC’s Heroes. Pedowitz isn’t providing any further information on what direction the show will take, but given the need to balance a coming-of-age story with superpowers, Coleite’s hiring makes perfect sense.
The jury is still out on whether Coleite’s pitch will be more to the network’s liking than Heinberg’s (his script was apparently a “radical shift” for viewers) or if the rumored frontrunner for the role will still be considered. What we do know is that The CW isn’t rushing into production until they feel they’ve got a version of Diana that audiences will not only respond to – but one that won’t embarrass everyone involved.
We’ll keep you updated on Amazon as a script or cast begins to assemble. Until then, what do you hope to see from a Wonder Woman origin story? Do you side with the network and think a show set before any future films is the way to go, or should they make a modern Diana work on TV before film?
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