'Melrose Place' redo in works at CW

Net developing a contemporary take on the '90s Fox series

Following their successful collaboration on reviving the "Beverly Hills, 90210" franchise with spinoff "90210," the CW and CBS Paramount Network TV are taking on the original "Beverly Hills, 90210's" spinoff, "Melrose Place."

The plot of the CW incarnation of "Melrose Place" -- a contemporary take on the 1990s Fox soap starring Heather Locklear -- is still murky. The search is under way for a writer to pen the project.

Just like with the CW's "90210," Darren Star, creator of both "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place," isn't expected to be involved.

CBS Par owns the rights to "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place" through its acquisition of series producer Spelling TV.

"90210," which features "Beverly Hills, 90210" alums Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty reprising their roles alongside a host of new West Beverly Hills High pupils, got off to a strong start and became the first new series this fall to be picked up for a full season.