As reported by Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva, David E. Kelley’s contemporary take on the iconic franchise has been shelved after all five broadcast networks passed on his script.
Last month, Kelley — best known for law shows like Ally McBeal, The Practice and Boston Legal — acknowledged to Zap2it that, “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… If I can’t, I don’t want to delude Warner Bros. or anybody else that I should be doing it. The way I’ve always worked has been to write a script and discover, in the process of the writing, if it’s a fertile and creative place where I want to live. If I feel I can make the characters my own and it’s a world rich enough for me to revisit, that’s a good sign to me that it’s a series worth doing.”