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Wednesday, 14th November, 2012, 12:11 PM #1
The CW developing "The Tomorrow People" remake
Greg Berlanti & Julie Plec To Produce CW Adaptation Of UK Show ‘Tomorrow People’
By NELLIE ANDREEVA
The co-creators/ executive producers of the CW‘s two top-rated series, Arrow and The Vampire Diaries, have teamed for a new project at the network — a series adaptation of the cult British 1970s sci-fi series The Tomorrow People. Arrow‘s Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries‘ Julie Plec will executive produce the project, written by Phil Klemmer (Chuck). In the vein of X-Men and Heroes, Tomorrow People is the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
Created by Roger Price, The Tomorrow People, ITV’s answer to BBC’s Dr. Who, ran on the commercial broadcaster for eight seasons from 1973-1979 (watch its opening credits below). It developed a strong cult following and was a favorite of Berlanti and Plec, who are good friends from college. They had been chasing the rights to Tomorrow People for more than a decade, finally tracking them down to FremantleMedia, which rarely licenses its formats to other studios. But, given the level of auspices and Berlanti and Plec’s passion for the project, the company made an exception and will co-produce the adaptation with Warner Bros TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods. Berlanti, Plec, Klemmer and Berlanti Prods’ Melissa Berman executive produce, with SVP Scripted Programming Tony Optican overseeing for Fremantle. This is not the first attempt to reboot The Tomorrow People. ITV tried it in the early 1990s, with the new series running for three seasons.
Berlanti has credited Plec with convincing him to go back to writing when he had given up on his Hollywood dreams after a year of odd jobs and a string of rejections by agents and studios. Years later, the two briefly worked together on Dawson’s Creek and sold a feature, Her Leading Man, to Universal, with Dawson’s Creek creator and The Vampire Diaries‘ co-creator/exec producer Kevin Williamson attached to direct. Klemmer recently worked with Berlanti Prods on Berlanti’s USA drama Political Animals as well as the company’s midseason CBS series Golden Boy. Berlanti and Plec are with WME.Come join and play with us at this year's Dragon*Con's MMORPG Track, info at: http://www.dc-mmo.org
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Wednesday, 14th November, 2012, 06:59 PM #2
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
Fantastic! I loved this show when I was a wee nipper .
The name that can be named is not the true name.
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012, 08:44 PM #3
Time Agent (Lvl 24)
Never even heard of it- Yankee here- but it sounds like fun! Hope it lives up to its predecessor...and that we get it over here!
[apologies, Danny - I hit Edit when I meant to hit Quote and didn't realise until too late]
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012, 08:52 PM #4
Hydra (Lvl 25)
And some other American channel is remaking Blakes 7.
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012, 09:02 PM #5
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
I've only seen bits and pieces of it on YouTube. Not sure what to make of it. Still, it'll probably be better than a lot of the dreck that makes it onto the boobtube these days.
Scrag 'em all and let the gods sort 'em out!
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012, 09:18 PM #6
Hydra (Lvl 25)
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012, 09:29 PM #7
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012, 09:48 PM #8
Time Agent (Lvl 24)
nBSG was pretty bleak...
In the past, yeah, I'd agree, but recent track histories indicate otherwise.
The REAL question is whether American audiences will watch, quality notwithstanding.
(Yes, hoping the B7 remake works well, too.)
Thursday, 15th November, 2012, 04:16 AM #9
Scout (Lvl 6)
I'll believe it when I see it.
Honestly, I doubt it will do well. Was able to catch the show through Netflix. It was... dated. Some of the production was absolutely silly (the Galactic Union aliens in the last story were awful).
there have been many relaunches of classic series lately. The only one I've seen that worked (at all) was the new Doctor Who, and the last 2 seasons of that were bloody awful. Survivors was infuriatingly bad. Haven't seen the new Prisoner yet.
Thursday, 15th November, 2012, 04:53 AM #10
Don't even know what this is. Gonna have to check it out.
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