TNT Nears Pilot Order for Live Action Teen Titans Series

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With the surge of interest in comic-inspired TV shows like Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and Constantine, it should come as little surprise that US television networks have shown themselves keen to pounce on new proposals for superhero stories. After recent reports of an upcoming Supergirl series conceived by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Green Lantern) and Ali Adler (The New Normal, No Ordinary Family, Glee), the latest show idea to surface is a live-action version of Teen Titans.

As fans of the franchise will be aware, an animated TV version of the comics is already showing on Cartoon Network. While there may end up being similarities between the two, with TNT’s older target market, it’s likely that we can also expect significant differences. Moreover, if Hollywood’s near-incessant superhero movie reboots are anything to judge by, it’s unlikely that the existence of a related series will have any seriously negative impact on how well the show is received – if anything, it may turn out to be mutually beneficial for both series.

Written by Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (I Am LegendI, Robot, Batman Forever) and “executive-turned scribe” Marc Haimes (Men in Black II, Evolution, Small Soldiers), the series will centre on “Dick Grayson (probably best known for his alter ego as Robin), who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others.” The fact that these particular characters are named has led the Nerdist to suggest that it will probably be based on the acclaimed 80s New Teen Titans comics by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.

Like most serialised DC adaptations, the show will be produced by Warner Bros. TV. It’s currently under consideration by cable channel TNT, which is apparently “nearing” a pilot order. The brief delay is down to a regime-change at the network, with two other drama pilots (Amblin’s Lumen and the untitled “Cocaine” project, formerly Cocaine Cowboys, being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay) also waiting for a green light.

Any strong opinions on who should play the parts of Dick Grayson and friends? Let us know in the comments.

Sources: Nerdist | Deadline

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