Major television networks are refusing to give up on the idea of a Nancy Drew series, and The CW is the latest proof of that.
According to a new report from Deadline, Gossip Girl alum Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are working with writer Noga Landau on a new adaptation of the popular mystery series. We’ve seen a number of possible iterations of this over the years (including a New York-set pilot featuring Sarah Shahi as an older version of the character), but this one revolves around an 18-year old Nancy, fresh off of high school, who finds herself held back due to a family tragedy. Eventually, she finds herself “embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, she uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.”
There are many different reasons to think that The CW could be the perfect home for the latest iteration of the Nancy Drew character, with the biggest one being that they’ve made something work with the Archie Comics property in Riverdale. At one point that property probably felt dated to television executives, and they may feel the same way about this one. Yet, Riverdale has become an enormous international smash and this could, as well, with the right talent.
Perhaps most importantly for The CW is that this project is hailing from CBS TV. The network’s ownership is split between Warner Bros. and CBS, but the majority of their hits come via WBTV these days. With both Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (both CBS shows) ending, we’re sure that The CW wants more representation form this studio. We don’t want to call it a slam dunk, but we do think that it’s pretty darn close to being one to get at least a pilot order.
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