The Vampire Diaries boss Julie Plec has signed on to The CW’s Roswell reboot, EW has learned.
Plec, who worked with Roswell writer Carina Adly MacKenzie on The Originals, will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer should the project be ordered to series.
The untitled project is based on the Melinda Metz book Roswell High that also spawned the original Jason Katims drama, which starred Shiri Appleby and Jason Behr, and aired on both The WB and UPN from 1999-2002.
Here’s the logline: “After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.”
MacKenzie will write and executive produce with Plec, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Lawrence Bender, and Kevin Kelly Brown, who was an executive producer on the original series.
In addition to being an executive producer on The Vampire Diaries, on which she also directed, Plec created the spin-off The Originals, which begins its final season Friday, April 20 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW. Plec also recently helmed an episode of Riverdale.