David E. Kelly Looks Back On WONDER WOMAN And Shares His Thoughts On AMAZON
Kelly looks back on the Wonder Woman pilot that he directed for NBC last year, and reveals what changes he could've made. He also shares her thoughts on The CW's Amazon and if he'd be interested in tackling another superhero property.
Back in 2011, David E. Kelly directed a Wonder Woman pilot for NBC, which starred Adrianne Palicki as the title character. Due to the mixed reception to the pilot, the network decided not to go forward with a series starring the DC Comics heroine. Last year, it was reported that The CW was planning its own take on Diana Prince, and a pilot titled Amazon, which will focus heavily on the character's origins, is now in development. Now, speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly reflects on his Wonder Woman pilot and whether or not the character is fit for a TV series. "I still believe it's viable for a television series. I think it's ripe to do it. We made mistakes with ours. My only regret is we were never given a chance to correct them. We had a lot that was right about it and a great cast. In time, we could have fixed what we had done wrong, we just didn't get that chance. All my series have been a work in progress to a certain extent where you figure them out by episodes three, four or five. This one actually gelled sooner than any that I have had in the past. We would have gotten there and I wish we were afforded a little more time. I do believe in the potential of the series and I wish them well with it. I think it could be a great success."
Additionally, Kelly reveals which mistakes he would've liked to fix when developing the pilot. "We produced it at warp speed and it's a special effects show and it took more time than we were able to give it. We were able to give it more time and extended it had we been picked up. Just learning the storytelling -- the genre was very different for me and I had a lot to learn; my learning curve probably would have gotten better. I'm sad we didn't get to do it but I do believe it can work for the CW. They're smart to try it." As for releasing an early image of Palicki donning the much-criticized costume, he's not sure if that hurt the pilot's publicity. "I'm not really sure. Some people say no publicity hurts but I think any series eventually will find its footing and be judged on that footing. We never got to that point, but we gave it a good try."
Despite the mistakes he made on the NBC pilot, Kelly says he'd be interested in being involved with The CW's take on the mythology. "It's different for me, it's a genre that I have a lot to learn about. At this point in your life, everybody should do something that they're scared of; I was a little scared of it, I remain a little scared of it and be happy to wade into the fear again." When asked if there was another superhero property that he'd be interested in taking on, he says, "If I were going to do a superhero franchise, I'd probably call Joss Whedon [director of Marvel's The Avengers] and beg him to try and do it with me! He's pretty good at it."
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