The CW is home to speedsters, superhumans, time travelers, and zombies. Now, it seems the network is adding an iconic teenage sleuth to its roster of talent. Inspired by the classic 1930s novels, The CW has tapped Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire to develop a Nancy Drew TV drama.
The currently untitled project, written by The Magicians’ Noga Landau, is said to follow an 18-year-old Nancy Drew. “Nancy thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation – and along the way, she uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.”
Over the years, numerous attempts to adapt Nancy Drew have come and gone. Along with the moderately successful 2007 film starring Emma Roberts, NBC also attempted to develop a television series centered around the female detective. More recently, CBS adapted the character into Drew starring Sarah Shahi, which went to pilot before ultimately being scrapped.
Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and Red 56 are producing the film Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. Starring Sophia Lillis (IT) as the titular heroine, this film follows the high schooler with a penchant for deduction as she investigates the haunting of a local home. Currently in post production, no release date has been announced as of yet.