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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