Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec — who met while working on the then-WB Network series — are teaming to adapt U.K. drama The Tomorrow People for the CW, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Tomorrow Peoplewas created by Roger Price and tells the story of young people around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution who possess special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with one another telepathically. Together, they work to defeat the forces of evil.
The original series ran from 1973-79 on ITV with Price producing a revival in for Tetra Films and Reeves Entertainment that ran on Nickelodeon between 1992 and 1995. A third version ran between 2001 and 2007 as a series of audio plays for Big Finish Productions.
Berlanti, whose freshman drama Arrow received a full-season order at the CW earlier this fall, will executive produce alongside The Vampire Diaries co-showrunner Plec. Political Animals writer-producer Phil Klemmer will pen the project, which has received a script commitment at the network. Berlanti Productions’ Melissa Kellner Berman will co-executive produce the drama, which hails from FremantleMedia and Warner Bros. Television, where Berlanti is under an overall deal.
Tomorrow People marks a reunion for Berlanti and Plec, who hadn’t work together since their time on the 1990s James Van Der Beek/Josh Jackson/Katie Holmes drama. The U.K. series was a favorite program of theirs when they were younger and the duo brought Klemmer on board to pen the script.
The drama continues Berlanti’s relationship with Klemmer, who most recently wrote and served as a consulting producer on USA Network’s mini Political Animals. Klemmer also is attached to Berlanti’s midseason CBS drama Golden Boy.
Tomorrow People marks the latest sale this development season for Berlanti, who has a modern take on Wuthering Heights and family drama Family Affair set up at NBC and an untitled medical drama set up at ABC. He’s repped by WME and Felker Toczek.
In addition to Vampire Diaries, Plec also is making her first foray into feature writing with young-adult book Tiger’s Curse set up at Paramount. She’s repped by WME.
Klemmer, whose credits also include Chuck, Undercovers and Veronica Mars, is with Sloane Offer.
The sale marks the latest high-profile pickup for The CW, which also is teaming with producers Mila Kunis, Reese Witherspoon, J.J. Abrams, Rob Thomas and Bret Easton Ellis for dramas this development season.