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David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman Pilot Finds A Director

by  in Comic News, TV News Comment

Jeffrey Reiner, who directed the Caprica pilot and numerous episodes of Friday Night Lights, is finalizing a deal to helm the Wonder Woman pilot for NBC, Deadline reports. McG was previously the front-runner for the job, but encountered a scheduling conflict.

Written the David E. Kelley, the pilot reimagines Wonder Woman as a successful corporate executive and vigilante crimefighter who tries to balance the elements of her life. The series includes elements that will be familiar to comic-book readers — Etta Candy, Steve Trevor, the magic lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets — but replaces Wonder Woman’s iconic costume with a “colorful Spandex suit” and adds a group of science nerds who help her analyze evidence.

Kelley’s script was initially passed over by the broadcast networks early last month before NBC, now under new president of programming Bob Greenblatt, surprised virtually everyone four weeks ago when it ordered the pilot. (Well, virtually everyone: Kelley remained optimistic the project would find a home.)

Reiner signed an overall deal last year with Universal Media Studios, the television-production arm of NBC Universal, to direct, develop and executive produce new projects, which included The Event.