The famous amazon may still fly on network TV.
CW Topper Mark Pedowitz told reporters after the network’s upfront presentation today that the Wonder Woman prequel dubbed Amazon remains in development, even though it didn’t make the cut for fall. “Oh God yes,” Pedowitz replied, when asked whether the project was still alive. “It’s being redeveloped. We don’t want to produce something” that doesn’t do the franchise justice.
“It’s the trickiest of all the DC characters,” he added.
David E. Kelley and NBC, which tried to reboot the classic ’70s series for the 2011-12 season, would no doubt second that.
Earlier this development season, Warner Bros. TV had hired a casting director for the project that was described as “looking at the teenage years of the heroine who will become Wonder Woman.” The casting call listed the character’s name as Iris (5’8” or above) who comes from a “secluded country where she was raised as a solider in a brutal environment. Now a stranger in a strange modern big city, she’s a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe.”
Pedowitz told us “the basics” were all there during this development cycle, but the execution was lacking.
Casting doesn’t normal happen until after a project receives a pilot order but a project like this clearly hinges on finding the right gal to take over the lead role. (You gave it your best, Adrianne Palicki!)
Pedowitz also confirmed that another long-gestating project that was passed up, The Selection, came in really strong, and noted that if the second version of the pilot was turned in last year, it would have made it onto the schedule. But this year the network had pilots that tested stronger than The Selection and the network only has so many slots to fill.