“Wonder Woman” hasn’t been seen on the small screen since 1979, and last month it looked like it would stay that way after NBC (and other networks) passed on the proposed remake of the comic book property.
However, the project didn’t remain in limbo for long and now the series has been given a pilot order. What’s more, director McG (who recently rebooted “Nikita” for The CW) now appears to be the frontrunner in re-establishing Diana Prince and her lasso of truth.
The director, who is also involved in the television reboot of “Charlie’s Angels,” also directed “Terminator: Salvation” and is the executive producer for “Nikita,” “Human Target,” “Supernatural” and “Chuck.”
So why did NBC wait so long to pick up the series?
Well, being a Warner Bros. and DC Comics property, “Wonder Woman” comes with a hefty license fee, and apparently the Peacock was simply unable to commit to the series until a changing of the guard took place. This past week, cable company Comcast Corp. got the greenlight to complete its acquisition of NBC Universal, the network’s parent.
Now that the transfer of power has completed, new programming president Bob Greenblatt pushed through the series based on a script by “Boston Legal’s” David E. Kelley.
According to Deadline, NBC “couldn’t commit to the type of license fee that the studio was seeking in order to do the show Kelley had envisioned.”
Despite the pilot offer, “Wonder Woman” may still have a tough time ahead when it comes to the fans. According to reports, the script developed by Kelley will remain as loyal as possible to the original stories, but will differ tremendously in several aspects.
The script has been described as featuring Diana Price as a successful corporate executive fighting crime on the side.
In the process she will work to “balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.”
A pilot order does not necessarily mean that a show will go to series, only that the network is interested to see a concept on screen before making a final decision.