UPDATE: “Wonder Woman” has lassoed a network!
NBC has given a pilot commitment to the “Wonder Woman” remake, according to Deadline.com.
Coming from producer David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “Boston Legal”), the modern reboot of the iconic superhero is among the high-profile pilot pick-ups announced Friday by new NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt.
This reinvention of the Diana Prince/Wonder Woman character (made famous on TV in the ’70s by Lynda Carter) is described as “a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. and a successful corporate executive … a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life,” according to Deadline.
Kelley recently said he wasn’t giving up on his plans to bring “Wonder Woman” back to TV, despite initially experiencing a setback when a majority of the networks passed on the expensive project.
“I think the likelihood is we’ll see it next year,” Kelley told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m being optimistic, but I don’t think I’m being unrealistic.”
Even “Wonder Woman” can’t dodge the invisible bullets coming her way as another attempt to bring the iconic superhero back to life has been shot down.
The proposed television series, described as a “serious, non-campy” take on the superchick, was being developed by Warner Bros. TV and producer David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “The Practice,” “Boston Legal”), who wrote the pilot. The spec script was shopped to networks this week, with all of the major broadcast networks ultimately passing on the project.
Money may have been a factor in the decision, according to EW, who points out rebooting the series may have been too costly since the studio requires a hefty licensing fee for permission to use the DC Comics character. Big screen attempts to remake “Wonder Woman” have also failed to materialize in recent years.
One also can’t help but think the failure of another ’70s butt-kicking babe reboot — NBC’s 2007 “Bionic Woman” — may have made network executives skittish about lassoing a modern-day version of the character made famous on TV by Lynda Carter in 1975.
The team behind the modern update says the project isn’t officially DOA, but a source tells EW that it’s “not moving forward at this time.”