'Beauty And The Beast,' 'Sex And The City' And 'Green Arrow' Spin-Offs Get CW Pilot Orders
Apparently on The CW, all that's old has better than a fifty-fifty chance of becoming new again.
The network has been home to the final seasons of "Smallville." At various points, it resurrected both "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place." And now, it's The Land of Opportunity for pilots spinning off an '80s prime-time take on "Beauty and the Beast," HBO's iconic "Sex and the City" and recurring "Smallville" favorite and Superman's fellow DC Comics icon Green Arrow, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Adapting author Candace Bushnell's "Sex And The City" precursor "The Carrie Diaries" may have been in the works the longest. Though it's just now getting a pilot order, The CW brass originally confirmed this September that it planned on producing the HBO prequel. Based on Bushnell's novels of the same name, the series will follow future notorious fashionista and columnist Carrie Bradshaw - played during six HBO seasons and in two feature films by Sarah Jessica Parker - through her senior year of high school in the '80s, as she "asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family." "Sex And The City" production alum Amy Harris will script the pilot, and it will be producer by the team of Bushnell, "Gossip Girl" producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, and Len Goldstein.
The "Beauty And The Beast" pilot will reportedly be "loosely based" on the fairy tale's rendition that lasted one 1987 season on CBS. That one-season wonder starred Ron Perlman as Vincent, a caped man-beast nobleman residing in an underground society of outcasts, and Linda Hamilton as his Manhattan assistant district attorney love interest. Executives have reportedly billed this particular loose spin-off as "a modern day romantic love story with a procedueral twist" - whatever that means. The pilot will be written by "Felicity" writing duo Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper, and produced by Paul J. Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Bill Haber.
Finally, there's the simply titled "Arrow." The Green Arrow first emerged from the DC Comics annals and into Clark Kent's coming-of-age days in "Smallville" in 2006 when producers couldn't negotiate around adaptation rights limiting Batman to the big screen. Justin Hartley ended up appearing in over 70 episodes as future billionaire vigilante Oliver Queen in over 70 episodes after an initial appearance, but reportedly isn't on board for the new series.
It does look to be written by "Brothers & Sisters" writer Greg Berlanti and "FlashForward" and "Green Lantern" movie writer Marc Guggenheim.