Finally, a network actually resisting making some reboots. The CW has decided to not move forward with plans to rework two classic titles into TV shows.
The first is the network’s Friday the 13th project. The network axed the development of its series, under the working title Crystal Lake Chronicles, which attempted to make the horror movie franchise into a TV show.
“We had better pilots,” explained CW president Mark Pedowitz to the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday. “The bottom line is we felt we had stronger things to go with, and we didn’t go forward with it. It was well-written, it was darker than we wanted it to be, and we didn’t believe it had sustainability … We didn’t believe that it was a sustainable script, a sustainable series. It was a very good pilot, but not a sustainable series.” (Perhaps ABC Family’s similar and struggling Dead of Summer also had something to do with it.)
The second halted project was the network’s Little Women series, which was a script adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 novel. The logline describes the idea as “a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation,” of the book in which the sisters “band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia.”
Said Pedowitz: “The script just couldn’t get there. That happens. It just did not get there. We didn’t go forward and develop it again.”
If that weren’t enough, it also sounds like the network’s attempt to make a series out of The Notebook might be running into a bit of trouble too. “We’re talking to writers,” he said. “We’re looking to see if there’s a better take to break it. I believe there’s a series there. But sometimes you believing something, you may not be right.”