CBS is developing a series based on H.G. Wells’ 1896 sci-fi novel “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” Variety has learned.
Titled “Moreau,” the drama hails from “Sleepy Hollow” co-creator Phillip Iscove, who will exec producer and pen the project, which has landed a script deal at the network.
Along with Iscove, Frank Marshall and Robert Zotnowski of The Kennedy/Marshall Company will exec produce the potential series for CBS Television Studios.
“Moreau” will follow the “fiercely intelligent and fearless” Dr. Katherine Moreau, who expands the boundaries of medicine through revolutionary scientific experimentation and treatments in her privately funded island hospital.
The classic story has been adapted many times in the past with numerous movies throughout the last century, including the 1996 film, which starred Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. The tale has also popped up on “The Simpsons” and “Orphan Black.”
As for the CBS project in development, the series would feature a new spin, casting Dr. Moreau as female.
Iscove is repped by UTA, the Gotham Group and attorney Bruce Gellman. The Kennedy/Marshall Company is repped by CAA and attorney Alan Hergott.