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David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman Pilot Finds A Director

Jeffrey Reiner, who directed the Caprica pilot and numerous episodes of Friday Night Lights, is finalizing a deal to helm the Wonder Woman pilot for NBC, Deadline reports. McG was previously the front-runner for the job, but encountered a scheduling conflict.

Written the David E. Kelley, the pilot reimagines Wonder Woman as a successful corporate executive and vigilante crimefighter who tries to balance the elements of her life. The series includes elements that will be familiar to comic-book readers — Etta Candy, Steve Trevor, the magic lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets — but replaces Wonder Woman’s iconic costume with a “colorful Spandex suit” and adds a group of science nerds who help her analyze evidence.

Kelley’s script was initially passed over by the broadcast networks early last month before NBC, now under new president of programming Bob Greenblatt, surprised virtually everyone four weeks ago when it ordered the pilot. (Well, virtually everyone: Kelley remained optimistic the project would find a home.)

Reiner signed an overall deal last year with Universal Media Studios, the television-production arm of NBC Universal, to direct, develop and executive produce new projects, which included The Event.


  • Scud

    This sounds so bad.

  • Mel

    That’s putting it lightly.

  • fashionprinc3ss

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  • 2000filmfan

    Please give the project a chance.

    Fearful Fanboys and girls might be apprehensive but knowing comics is nothing like knowing the rigors of television or movie development or the audiences that support it. Many of these projects are in development for years and the politics to amass funding, star power, and directorial might have little to do with the sketchbook roughs and short story musings many enthusiasts partake in when considering comic’s careers.

    David E. Kelley is one of the most successful TV writers, producers, and directors in history. We’re lucky to have his interest and by evidence of the characters supporting cast and weaponry, this character could not be in better hands. Whether the show wins or loses will have far more to do with scheduling, sponsorship, and casting than the endorsement Fan communities alone.

  • Scud

    I’m definitely gonna give it a chance. Though when the supporting cast consists of “a group of science nerds who help her analyze evidence” I can’t help but fell it will be a little too CSI/NSCI-ish for my tastes. The idea of a costume change seems wonky to me as well.

  • 2000filmfan

    Point well taken, we do have to voice our opinions. All descriptions may not be perfect and sometimes shows take a season or two to work out the kinks out. Kelley doesn’t have a history of supporting comic properties so we should be wary. My point is Kelley knows how to keep a show on. It’s no secret Linda Carter’s version lasted more than one season and now everyone sees that show as a success.

    I’m not the biggest fan of everything McG did, but the guy could handle adventure and science fiction style action. Jeffrey Reiner obviously has handled some action, other than that we’ll have to cross our fingers. If the fan community doesn’t get behind these shows they may not happen.

    If you thought this sounded bad imagine how bad Jewel would have been. Somehow I’m sure Marvel retracted that idea.

  • Acerbic68

    This went from “Yea, Wonder Woman’s coming back to T.V.”, to “O that’s how your going to do it?” Okay I’ll wait and see.

  • Wisogon

    I will follow this only because it’s Wonder Woman, but it sounds a tad like Batman. We don’t need a lightened version of Bruce Wayne.

  • Captain_Obvious

    Obviously this sounds awful and obviously the costume will not be the JMS/Lee one.

  • smith11 11

    Ohhhh myy GOD! This sounds HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE!!!!!! X A BILLION!!!!!