A mystery is afoot and Nancy Drew is on the case once more. After seeing the young sleuth make a splash once more in comics earlier this year, in a series from Kelly Thompson & Jenn St-Onge, Nancy is looking to return to your television screen.
According to Deadline, The CW has moved forward in developing a new Nancy Drew series based upon the classic book mysteries from the Marvel’s Runaways team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage with The Magicians Noga Landau on board to write the project with all three serving as executive producers. Besides their Marvel work, Schwartz and Savage also have the Dynasty remake with the network and their relationship goes back further as they were behind The CW hit Gossip Girl.
This isn’t the first time that CBS TV Studios has attempted to launch a Nancy Drew series after they secured the rights to the classic YA mystery books that were once published by Stratemeyer Syndicate and then Simon & Schuster.
Previously in 2015, they developed Drew for CBS which had a pilot starring Sarah Shahi in the title role that came close to a series order before the network passed and in last season there was Nancy Drew for NBC which also was passed on. Both versions, from the same team of writers Tony Phelan & Joan Rater and producer Dan Jinks, were focused on an older in her 30s version of Nancy to serve as sort of sequels to the original book mysteries.
The CW project will be different, a natural fit for the younger audience the network tends to cater to, as it will stick closer to the source material and follow an 18-year-old Nancy in the summer after her high school graduation. Instead of being able to leave her hometown for college as she had hoped, Nancy ends staying close to home after a family tragedy and finds herself wrapped up in a ghostly murder investigation.
Nancy Drew has previously been adapted for the small screen with the 1977 series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and her own 1995 solo Nancy Drew series as well as a big screen adaptation in 2007 starring Emma Roberts.