The CW is moving ahead with “Arrow,” ordering a pilot for the superhero drama based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, The Live Feed reports.
Revealed just last week, the project from “Green Lantern”screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and “Fringe” co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has been described as a modern retelling that 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 debut in 1941, and became a fixture of the DC Universe. The character was introduced on The CW’s “Smallville” in 2006, with actor Justin Hartley appearing as 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.
Berlanti, Guggenheim and Kreisberg, who previously worked together on ABC’s “Eli Stone,” will co-write and executive produce the pilot. David Nutter (“The Pacific,” “Game of Thrones”), who helmed the pilots of “Smallville” and “Supernatural,” will likely direct. Guggenheim and Kreisberg are no strangers to comic books: The former wrote “The Flash” for DC, “The Amazing Spider-Man” for Marvel and “Resurrection” for Oni Press, and the latter penned “Green Arrow and Black Canary” and “Batman Confidential” for DC and “Helen Killer” at Arcana.
In addition to Arrow, The CW also ordered pilots for a reboot of the 1980s drama “Beauty and the Beast” and the “Sex and the City” prequel “The Carrie Diaries.”