The CW is headed to the city of Townsville.
The network is developing a live-action update of Cartoon Network’s Powerpuff Girls, with the three titular superheroes now young adults. The adaptation of Craig McCracken’s original show. comes from writers Heather Regnier (Veronica Mars, Sleepy Hollow) and Diablo Cody and mega-producer Greg Berlanti.
In the live-action update from Warner Bros. TV, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup used to be America’s pint-sized superheroes. Now, they’re disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhoods to crimefighting. When the world needs them more than ever, will they agree to reunite?
Regnier and Cody (Juno, One Mississippi, United States of Tara) are writing the script and will executive produce with Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden of Berlanti Productions. McCracken, who’s currently making animated series Kid Cosmic for Netflix, isn’t involved.
The project combines several elements of The CW’s development strategy: developing shows based on well-established IP from one of its parent companies’ (WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS) libraries, a superhero element (like roughly half of its scripted slate) and Berlanti, whose company is responsible for eight series on the network (among 18 overall from Berlanti Productions).
The Powerpuff Girls originally aired from 1998-2005 on Cartoon Network and spawned a feature film in 2002. A reboot of the show, developed by Nick Jennings and Bob Boyle, ran for three seasons starting in 2016.