Wonder Woman Prequel 'Amazon' Being Redone for CW Network

Friday, 17 May 2013 10:41 AM

By Megan Anderle

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The CW is reportedly redeveloping the series adaptation of "Amazon" about Wonder Woman's alter-ego, Diana of Themyscira.

The DC comics adaptation didn't get a pilot this past season, and the network is holding out for a new script, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters that original writer Allan Heinberg, of "Grey's Anatomy," was no longer working on the script. Instead, Aron Eli Coleite of "Heroes" is taking his place. In the meantime, the development team is busy casting Diana.

Pedowitz said “the basics” were all there, but the execution was lacking.

"It is being redeveloped, we're waiting for the script to come in; we haven't seen it yet," Pedowitz said. "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."

The "Amazon" adaptation would be set in the present day, instead of the character's original World War II-era origin.

Entertainment Weekly reported the casting call described the heroine, named Iris, as 5'8" or taller, and 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.”

Normally, casting doesn’t happen until after a project receives a pilot order, but because the lead needs to be strong, finding the right star is most important for this project.

NBC passed on a version of the series with Adrianne Palicki as the star in 2011, and Warner Bros. announced Joss Whedon would write and direct a film adaptation of the 1975-79 Lynda Carter television series in 2005, but the project never moved ahead.

Pedowitz also said that another long-gestating project that was passed up, "The Selection," according to the Hollywood Reporter. CW only had so many slots to fill, and other pilots tested stronger than "The Selection."

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