The U.S. adaptation of Channel 4 comedy series Raised By Wolves, which is set up Arrowverse super-producer Greg Berlanti’s production company, has landed at ABC with a script commitment and hefty penalty, TVWise has confirmed.
Recently cancelled by Channel 4 after two seasons, the original series told the story of a large family who are living on a council estate in Wolverhampton who are reliant on benefits. It was created by and loosely based on the lives of sisters Caitlin and Caz Moran and produced by indie Big Talk Productions. A campaign is underway to find a new UK home for the series and secure a commission for a third season.
Word first leaked out last month, before the cancellation, that a U.S. adaptation was in the works, with Big Talk having sold the rights to Greg Berlanti’s company. At the time no network was attached, though several were said to be pursuing the project, which had secured Juno scribe Diablo Cody to pen the script.
Penned by Cody, the U.S. version of Raised By Wolves is sticking to the core principals of the original and will follow Sheila Gable, a single parent and one tough mother. Joining Sheila are her dad and five offbeat kids as they try to survive on a shoestring budget in a (not) beautiful Midwestern town. Caitlin Moran was somewhat involved in the development process; giving notes to Cody as the script was developed. Deadline was first to report the news.
The half-hour comedy is being produced for ABC by Berlanti Productions and Big Talk Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Original series co-creators Caitlin and Caz Moran will serve as executive producers on the adaptation alongside Diablo Cody. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will executive produce for WBTV/Berlanti Productions, while Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice and Caroline Leddy will EP for Big Talk.