The CW Eyes Reese Witherspoon-Produced, Female-Led Great Expectations Update

The CW has great expectations for an updated classic, backed by a movie star.

The network has given a script order to Expectations, an updated series version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Reese Witherspoon would be an executive producer on the project, via her Pacific Standard production company.

Dickens’ Victorian coming-of-age tale follows Pip, a poor male orphan whose lot in life is significantly changed when a mysterious benefactor allows him to enjoy a gentleman’s life. Expectations reportedly will tell the story of a provincial girl who has a tough time in modern-day San Francisco until an anonymous donor smooths her path.

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The CW is also considering a Wonder Woman origin tale and contemporary takes on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland for its upcoming slate.

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16 Comments
  1. madhatter360 says:

    Wow this is a totally original idea. OH WAIT! Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Can that series get some love please?

  2. mia says:

    Awesome! Would definitely check this out if it gets made. And with Reese behind it!

  3. kavyn says:

    If I were a high school english teacher I’d probably consider removing Great Expectations from the reading list.

  4. Summer says:

    Her name’s gonna be Pippa, right?

  5. Reward says:

    SMG after “Ringer” is gonna come back? :P

  6. JC says:

    Two things I never thought I’d hear in the same breath: Charles Dickens and The CW.

  7. Wow so all original ideas then! Wait nooooo! How lazy has the CW become, everyone of these is an adaptation!

  8. judie says:

    Seems to me it’s My Daddy-Long-Legs not Great Expectations.

  9. nadine says:

    Yes, I’d check this out for sure. Classic story, still too relevant + a wide-ranging premise that can appeal to many demos.

  10. Goku says:

    Seriously, why The CW has no original ideas? It’s surprising they even bothered to cast Reese Witherspoon here. I’m pretty sure they’ll have some new show with Blake Lively or Leighton Meester next fall, they’re always recycling their stars.

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