During their Television Critics Association presentation today, The CW president Mark Pedowitz has revealed that the previously announced TV series based on the classic novel “Little Women” and the famed slasher franchise “Friday the 13th” are no longer in development.
‘Women’ was to be a hyper-stylized, gritty reimagining of the 1868 novel set in the dystopian streets of Philadelphia. Of that series Pedowitz says: “The script just couldn’t get there. That happens. It just did not get there. We didn’t go forward and develop it again.”
“The Pretender” creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle were developing “Friday the 13th” which would have taken place in a world where the film series was inspired by true events and the show would look at the ‘real story’. It has no connection to the upcoming Breck Eisner-directed reboot:
“The bottom line is we felt we had stronger things to go with, and we didn’t go forward with it. t was well-written, it was darker than we wanted it to be, and we didn’t believe it had sustainability … We didn’t believe that it was a sustainable script, a sustainable series. It was a very good pilot, but not a sustainable series.”
Pedowitz did confirm the network is redeveloping both its series adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook” and Clive Barker’s “Weaveworld”.