'Samurai' taking a bow

ABC Family pilot based on books

ABC Family is bringing the popular "Samurai Girl" book series for young adults to the small screen.

The network has greenlighted a one-hour drama pilot based on the first novel in author Carrie Asai's series, "Samurai Girl: The Book of the Sword."

The pilot, titled "Samurai Girl," was written by Luke McMullen (ABC's "Alias"). It tells the story of Heaven, a teenage girl who straddles the modern world of her life as the adoptive daughter of a wealthy family and the ancient samurai traditions of her blood ancestors.

"We fell in love with this script," ABC Family president Paul Lee said. "It has such a great mix of mythology, action and romance."

"Samurai Girl" hails from ABC Studios, which produces the cable network's hit drama "Kyle XY." It is co-produced by Alloy Entertainment, the company behind the "Samurai Girl" book series. Alloy's Bob Levy is executive producing.

"Working with ABC Family on 'Kyle XY,' we've developed the right approach for high-quality cable programming," ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz said. "This new, action-packed series continues that strategy, hopefully with the same success."

Casting on the pilot will begin immediately. Production is slated for the fall.

The pickup of "Samurai Girl" comes on the heels of ABC Family's pilot order for two comedies: "Happy Campers" and "Roomies" (HR 8/20).

After a promising start, the cable network also recently ordered the back 10 episodes of its new college drama series, "Greek" (HR 8/1).