Wonder Woman prequel 'Amazon' being redeveloped

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   May 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM   |   Comments

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May 16 (UPI) -- The CW is still holding a spot for "Amazon," set to follow the origin story of Wonder Woman's alter-ego, Diana of Themyscira. The DC comics adaptation didn't get a pilot order this past season, and the network is holding out for a new script.

CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters that bringing the series to air is still a priority. He noted original writer Allan Heinberg of "Grey's Anatomy" was no longer working on the rewrite. Replacing him is Aron Eli Coleite of "Heroes."

"It is being redeveloped, we're waiting for the script to come in; we haven't seen it yet," Pedowitz said. In the meantime the development team is busy casting Diana. "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," he said.

The "Amazon" origin story of Diana Prince would be set in the present day -- instead of the character's original World War II-era origin. Entertainment Weekly reported a casting call that described a heroine from a “secluded country where she was raised as a solider in a brutal environment," but goes on to a "strange modern big city" to fight to save the world.

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

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