It’s a new twist in the odyssey of The CW’s Hunger Games-esque project The Selection.
The sci-fi fairy tale is getting another shot at a happy ending. After originally being developed for this season, receiving a pilot order last year, getting shelved and then being rewritten, The Selection has just received a greenlight for a second pilot. Based on a novel by Kiera Cass, The Selection was dubbed “The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.” It’s the story of a young girl named America Singer (arguably an even lamer name than Katniss Everdeen) and is set in an impoverished post-apocalyptic North America. She joins a televised competition where the prize is marrying the nation’s wealthy prince.
Here’s the show’s new official logline: “Set 300 years in the future, an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love, and kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown.” The novel’s cover (image above) used the rather ideal marketing hook: “35 girls. 1 crown. The competition of a lifetime.” Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain are the writer-exec producers. Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), who starred in the first pilot, is no longer attached to the project. For more on this one, the io9 blog did a deep dive on The Selection here.
The CW also ordered a second pilot, Company Town. Logline: “A scandal at a Naval base in Virginia touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel in the area, launching us into a multi-generational, multi-class, family and relationship series centered around two early 20-something women who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide.” Writer/exec producer: Sera Gamble. Exec producers Taylor Hackford and Bill Haber.
There’s more CW pilot orders to come, so there’s still time for projects like the Wonder Woman prequel and Robin Hood reboot to get orders too.