A “Nancy Drew” TV series is once again in the works, Variety has confirmed.
NBC is developing a new series based on the iconic novel series after CBS attempted such a project last season. The new series still hails from writers and executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater and executive producer Dan Jinks, who developed the CBS version. CBS Television Studios is also still attached to produce.
The new series follows the author of the most famous female teen detective book series who is thrust into a real-life murder mystery. In need of help, she turns to her two best friends from childhood, who were the inspiration for all those books, and the women who have a real axe to grind about the way their supposed best friend chose to portray them all those years ago.
This will be a completely different version than the original at CBS. That project would have focused on Drew, now an adult who works as a detective for the NYPD, where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world. Sarah Shahi, who starred in the CBS’ drama “Person of Interest” since its second season, starred in the pilot as Drew. She is not currently attached to the NBC version.