I had mentioned earlier, while showing the trailer for Revolution, that the world of TV was trying to follow in the footsteps of movies by offering shows in the dystopian genre, and the latest news for The Selection shows how determined some networks are.
Kiera Cass’ The Selection hit shelves about a month ago but The CW already had strong interest in bringing the Cinderella-style story to the small screen. However, the show wasn’t picked up for the Fall 2012 season.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that The Selection might still show up on our ‘to watch’ list; just a little later than originally planned.
“We’re going to go back in fast and redevelop it and see if we can get it up,” says network president Mark Pedowitz. “I’m a big, big fan of the genre, I read all the Hunger Games books; I wander through the young adult dystopian fiction area quite a bit. If you’re not an angel, werewolf or vampire, you’re a female heroine who’s 16 years old who fights in the future dystopian world.”
There’s been no word on why The Selection failed to get the hoped-for reaction but the fact that the network is redeveloping the show instead of just tabling the idea indicates that hopes are high. I guess it’s not really surprising since The CW has done incredibly well with The Vampire Diaries. Even though The Secret Circle failed to earn a second season, YA novels are still seen as a great place to get shows that will appeal to a wide audience.
Aimee Teegarden, who you might’ve seen in Friday Night Lights, had the role of main character America Singer in the pilot but there’s been no mention of whether she or co-stars Ethan Peck and Sean Patrick Thomas would remain after the show is redeveloped.
If you haven’t read The Selection, you can check out the synopsis below. Do you think the trilogy can work as a TV show?
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.