If the title of this article seems a bit familiar that’s because it is. The CW is currently eyeing a Nancy Drew series, making it the third time a network has attempted to bring the teen detective to the small screen in three years. According to Deadline, The CW’s version “is centered on 18-year-old Nancy Drew in the summer after her high school graduation. Nancy thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, she uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.”
One thing that certainly gives The CW a leg up than previous attempts is the creative team behind the series. The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Marvel’s Runaways creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are developing the project to be written by The Magicians’ Noga Landau. Having a team that’s successfully helmed popular teenage shows over the past decade on a network known for teen drama certainly puts this iteration in a good spot.
In addition, The CW’s version is staying closer to the original and beloved Carolyn Keene novels than the other two attempts. In 2015, CBS nearly ordered a pilot titled Drew to series, which starred Sarah Shahi as the titular heroine, except it was set to take place in the future where Nancy Drew was working as a 30-something NYPD detective. Then last year NBC attempted to bring a different take on the story to life as well. Their pilot, which was also not picked up to series, found the author of the Nancy Drew novels suddenly facing an actual murder mystery that required her to team up with two of her childhood friends.
While it’s taken quite some time for television to figure out how to bring Drew to the small screen, fans can look forward to a feature film coming next year. Titled Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, the film finds It star Sophia Lillis in the title role as she struggles to fit into new surroundings and solve the latest mystery with her pals. It is also set to star Laura Wiggins, Linda Lavin, and Sam Trammell. Emma Roberts was the latest actress to bring the role to life in the 2007 film Nancy Drew.
Are you a Nancy Drew fan? What do you think about The CW’s iteration?
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.