CW orders Arrow pilot based on DC’s Green Arrow

Green Arrow

Green Arrow - Matt WagnerLast week it was reported that CW was almost ready to order a pilot for a TV show based on DC Comic’s Green Arrow, and today THR reports that a pilot has been ordered “less than a week after the project landed at the network”.

According to the source, the show will be called Arrow and “revolves around the hooded super hero, a wealthy playboy by day who secretly saves the city by night using his enhanced arrows”.

THR goes on to say that the “hourlong drama is a modern retelling of the legendary comics character and hails from Green Lantern duo Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who will executive produce and pen the project alongside Fringe co-EP Andrew Kreisberg, with whom they worked on Eli Stone“. The pedigree of the team comes with the added benefit that Kreisberg wrote a number of issues of the comic book series.

Created in 1941 for a DC Comics’ More Fun Comics #73, the emerald archer essentially provided readers with an archery-themed alternative to the already popular Batman. Indeed, Green Arrow (aka Oliver Queen) was also a billionaire playboy, although his origin story saw him take on a Robin Hood mantle after being stranded on a desert island and forced to survive by learning mad archery skills.

Portrayed by Justin Hartley, Green Arrow became a popular character on Smallvilleafter being introduced in the show’s sixth season in 2006, and appeared in over 70 episodes. Hartley is reportedly not involved in the pilot, perhaps burned by his experiences with the ill-fated Aquaman series which never saw the light of day after a pilot.

CW has also ordered pilots for Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries and fable Beauty and the Beast.