CW president Mark Pedowitz really wants a show with the tone of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones on the network, with a rewrite on The Selection and talks to adapt cult favorite Battle Royale under way.
The Selection was put in redevelopment in May after the network failed to order the effort to series. The buzzy pilot starring Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden based on the books by Kiera Cass is being eyed for midseason, with producers currently rewriting the script.
“It just wasn’t where we wanted to be tone-wise,” Pedowitz said of the Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain effort described an epic romance set 300 years in the future revolving on poor young woman (Teegarden) who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.
“Hopefully we see something soon and make a determination if we go forward,” he said, noting there would be some casting changes should it move to pilot again. “I’m a big believer in the show, I really wanted a show that has a Game of Thrones-Hunger Gamestone and we hope it’s The Selection. If it’s not, then we will go to another area.”