Hey, remember a couple of years ago when TV producer David E. Kelley, a man more famous for lawyer dramas like The Practice and Boston Legal, took a stab at producing a new series based on Wonder Woman for NBC? Sure you do, we all know Repressol doesn’t work that well.
Well, Kelley’s talking again about his experience making that Wonder Woman pilot and how he, gulp, might want to do it again. While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kelley defended his superhero foray saying that if he had had more time to develop the series, he could have made something fans could have really enjoyed (or at least derided less):
“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 [the CW] well with it. I think it could be a great success.”
So what were the issues with your show, Dave?
“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 [would have been] 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.”
But at least Kelley recognizes his faults, and it’s nice that he tried something new and stretched out. It’s also nice to hear him say that if he were to ever try it again that he knows exactly what other fellow TV producer to reach out to for help:
“I would. 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. If I were going to do a superhero franchise, I’d probably call Joss Whedon and beg him to try and do it with me! (Laughs) He’s pretty good at it.”
At least we can agree on that.
Amazon is currently in development at The CW. We’ll let you know what, if any, progress comes from it.
Source: Screen Rant