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We may have to wait a while for the return of Wonder Woman to live-action television. That’s because writer-producer David E. Kelley, who was reported in October to be adapting the superhero project, hasn’t “necessarily committed” to the series.
“There’s no real deal in place yet, but yeah, my intent is to take a stab at it,” Kelley, creator of Chicago Hope, The Practice and Ally McBeal, told Zap2it. “I’ve been working on it between scripts for Harry’s Law. It’s a very, very different genre for me, a very tricky beast. I won’t know whether I’ve cracked it or not until I’ve finished it, but it’s going.”
Needless to say, it’s far too early to speculate who might be cast as the Amazon Princess, last played on live-action TV three decades ago by Lynda Carter. “At the beginning, there was a little bit of that,” Kelley said, “but we quickly made it known that was premature. I haven’t necessarily committed to doing it yet. I’m at the point where I’m trying to figure out if I can make the franchise work for me. […] If I can’t, I don’t want to delude Warner Bros. or anybody else that I should be doing it.”
That probably won’t fill Wonder Woman fans with much confidence. But neither will Kelley’s acknowledgment that he won’t know whether the project is “a fertile and creative place where I want to live” until he actually begins writing — which probably won’t be for a while, because his new series Harry’s Law debuts in February on NBC.