Deadline reports the network is closing in on a pilot order for the project from “Green Lantern” screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and “Fringe” alum Andrew Kreisberg. The three, who will co-write the pilot and executive produce, previously worked together on ABC’s “Eli Stone.” David Nutter (“The Pacific,” “Game of Thrones”), who helmed the pilots of “Smallville” and “Supernatural,” will likely direct.
According to the website, “Arrow” sets the character “in a new world with an original story that is not based on the comics.”
Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, Green Arrow made his comic-book debut in 1941 as a bow-wielding superhero who was part Robin Hood, part Batman and part “The Green Archer.” Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, frequently paired with his sidekick Speedy and later his friend Green Lantern or love interest Black Canary, became a fixture of DC Comics, serving as a member of the Justice League and even as mayor of Star City.
The character was introduced on The CW’s “Smallville” in 2006, with actor Justin Hartley becoming a series regular from 2008 until its end in 2011. Although there’s long been talk of a Green Arrow spinoff, none ever materialized. Hartley isn’t attached to the new project.
The CW has had its eye on the library of corporate sibling DC for a while now, development of a Deadman series from “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke and, seemingly forgotten, a drama based on Raven of “Teen Titans” fame. “We’re looking next year to do a superhero show if the right superhero comes to be,” network President Mark Pedowitz said during the summer Television Critics Association press tour.
“Arrow” would be the second pilot order of the season from Berlanti and Guggenheim, whose legal drama “Guilty” was just greenlit by Fox. Between the “Green Lantern” movie and Guggenheim’s stints writing “The Flash” for DC, “The Amazing Spider-Man” for Marvel and “Resurrection” for Oni Press, the two have comic-book cred. But they’re not alone: Kreisberg penned two episodes of the “Justice League” animated series, and wrote “Green Arrow and Black Canary” and “Batman Confidential” for DC and “Helen Killer” at Arcana.