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CBS puts H.G. Wells 'Island of Dr. Moreau' series in development

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Another adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel is heading to TV. CBS has put its own spin of The Island of Dr. Moreau into development, EW confirmed.

The script deal comes from executive producer and writer Phillip Iscove, creator of Sleepy Hollow. One major change to the story is that Dr. Moreau will be a woman in the new take. Katherine Moreau is a bold and intelligent doctor who conducts innovative and wild experiments and treatments on a privately funded island hospital.

Well’s 1896 novel has been adapted many times since its publishing, including a 1996 film that starred Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer that critically flopped.

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The original story traces shipwrecked protagonist Edward Prendick, who encounters the island and Moreau’s wild science experiments. Infamously, Moreau created hybrids of animals, sometimes only between animals, but sometimes with humans, too.

In 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Warner Bros. announced plans for a film adaptation of the novel.

Deadline first reported the development.

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