The CW Orders Untitled ‘Nancy Drew’ Pilot

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“Nancy Drew and The Secret of the Old Clock,” written by Caroline Keene. Published by Grosset & Dunlap.

It was recently announced that a currently untitled Nancy Drew pilot has been greenlit by The CW. The only information so far about the pilot is that it will be set between the 18-year-old popular character’s high school and college years. A mystery will keep her home bound

The pilot is being written by Noah Landau, who has most notably written for The Magicians. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will executive produce the pilot, and they have both previously worked on Dynasty and Runaways. Tapped to co-executive produce the pilot is Liz Rowinski (Runaways).

Sophia Lillis as Nancy Drew in “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.” Image courtesy of

There have been many television and film adaptations of the teen detective, who first made her debut in the 1930’s with the classic book series. There was a made-for-TV movie starring Maggie Lawson set during Nancy’s college years. A 2007 film adaptation was made starring Emma Roberts. And currently, a modern take on Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase will be released this year, which will star Sophia Lillis (IT, Sharp Objects) as Nancy Drew.

With comic books providing a massive inspiration to the many shows currently airing on The CW, it is important to note that Dynamite comics recently released two modern series featuring Nancy Drew. The first series, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie, written by Anthony Del Col, followed Nancy Drew as she helped Frank and Joe Hardy get off the hook as the prime suspects of their father’s murder, as well as to find the real killer. Shortly after, Nancy got her own comic series with Nancy Drew #1, which was written by Kelly Thompson and illustrated by Jenn St-Onge.

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