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The CW Revives ‘The Tomorrow People’

“Arrow” executive producer Greg Berlanti is developing a new version of the British sci-fi series.

With “Arrow” currently reigning as the CW’s biggest new hit, the network is already developing a “Wonder Woman” series called “Amazon” for next fall. But it may not be the only superhero drama in the works.

According to Entertainment Weekly , the CW has also ordered a pilot for “The Tomorrow People,” based upon the British sci-fi superhero series that ran from 1973 to 1979.

“The Tomorrow People” follows the adventures of a young men and women from around the world who develop superpowers as part of the next stage of human evolution. The original "Tomorrow People" series and its subsequent ‘90s revival centered upon a group that used their powers to fight evil while they hid their existence out of the fear that humanity would hate and reject them.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s largely the same premise that “X-Men” has been using since 1963. Although “The Tomorrow People” added more sci-fi elements including aliens and intergalactic relations long before it became a staple in the "Uncanny X-Men" comic book series.

“Arrow” executive producer, Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec are spearheading the latest revival of “The Tomorrow People,” with Phil Klemmer slated to write the pilot.

In theory, “The Tomorrow People” could give the CW a TV series that would appeal to the “X-Men” fanbase. However, the most recent attempt at show like this was Syfy’s “Alphas;” which was unable to attract and keep the broad audience it needed to last longer than two seasons. And the brand recognition of “The Tomorrow People” in this country is pretty small; which means that the success of this revival is far from guaranteed.


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