The CW Gives ‘Hunger Games’-esque Drama ‘The Selection’ Another Pilot
Boy, when the folks at The CW set their minds on something.
Late last year we brought you the news that The CW had approved production on 'The Hunger Games'-esque summer reality competition series 'The Hunt,' while months before the network had developed a scripted pilot similarly derivative of the blockbuster film franchise. Now, even after 'The Selection' failed to meet CW standards the first time around, the network has given the green light to another pilot episode. Find out all about 'The Selection' inside!
The CW's first attempt to capitalize on the success of 'The Hunger Games' may not have come to fruition, but by gum will they keep trying. In addition to upcoming wilderness reality competition 'The Hunt,' the network has given yet another pilot order to an adaptation of Kiera Cass novel 'The Selection.' A pilot had previously been crafted for 2012, but CW president Mark Pedowitz opted to pass until the script could be re-worked.
From the series' official description, including lead character America Singer (seriously):
Set 300 years in the future, an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love, and kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown.
Admittedly, the premise has more in common with 'The Bachelor' than 'The Hunger Games,' but the re-worked series will continually draw comparisons, given The CW's recent aptitude to develop their own version of the concept. 'The Selection' will be written and executive produced by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain.
Well, what say you? Does the premise sound intriguing enough to merit another go at 'The Selection'? Is the concept too similar to 'The Hunger Games'?