‘Sweet Valley High’ TV Series Adaptation In Works At the CW – Deadline

exclusive: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who turned Gossip Girl YA books into a successful series for The CW (and now HBO Max), are bringing another popular YA book series to the screen on the broadcast network. CW is in development Sweet Valley, TV series based on the Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal. The bestselling novels previously adapted into the 1994 series Sweet Valley Hi, which aired jointly before moving on to one of the CW’s predecessors, UPN, for its fourth and final season.

The latest project is a co-production between CBS Studios and Paramount TV Studios at new company ViacomCBS in what is believed to be the first time the Paramount vault has been mined by The CW.

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Ashley Wigfield, writer and producer on HBO Max’s gossip Girl Rebot, executive produced by Schwartz and Savage, will write the adaptation. It comes from Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire, which was also behind the CW’s Nancy Drew adaptation; and Peter Chernin Entertainment Chernin, who participated in a premium version developed by Paramount Pictures.

Sweet Valley is the city everyone dreams of growing up in. And there is no better example of this promise than Elizabeth Wakefield. But when her missing twin sister Jessica miraculously returns, it reignites a lifelong rivalry. It falls to new girl Enid Ruiz to find out that someone (or something) is in control of all the leads, but can she convince the twins that setting aside their personal war is the only way to draw Sweet Valley’s dark roots into the California sunshine?

Wigfield executive produces with Schwartz, Savage and Lis Rowinski of Fake Empire and Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping of Chernin Entertainment.

There has long been interest in a movie version of the Sweet Valley High books, known for their wild plot twists, as Diablo Cody was once tapped to type a script. In 2017, Paramount Pictures hired Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Harper Dill to co-write a feature article, produced by Chernin Entertainment.

The book series was launched in 1983, with 181 books published over the next 20 years. Pascal was the credited author, although much like the Hardy Boyz and Nancy Drew series of novels, there were a large number of uncredited authors. The book series was born popular Sweet Valley Hi TV series starring real-life twins Brittany Daniel and Cynthia Daniel.

This marks the fourth project that Schwartz and Savage have partnered with Wigfield, who was a writer on the duo. Harpoon Marvel and limited series looking for Alaska, Per Hulu, who is a current writer on HBO Max’s reboot of gossip Girl. Wigfield is represented by CAA and Dean Bahat at Ziffren Brittenham.

Schwartz and Savage, who have a broadcast-only deal at CBS Studios, currently own gossip Girl reboot on HBO Max, which has been renewed for a second season; drawing nancy And Dynasty and next drawing nancy branch Tom Swift on CW; Plus the upcoming Apple TV + City on fire. In addition to gossip Girl And drawing nancy, Other literary adaptations sponsored by John Green include looking for Alaska Hulu and the Camelot Era in the 1960s Astronaut Wives Club.

Savage and Schwartz are represented by WME and attorney Joel McQueen. Schwartz was also represented by Mikkel Bundesen.

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