A (Green) ‘Arrow’ TV show gets picked up by CW

CW has officially picked up ‘Arrow’ for an hour-long live action TV series based on the DC Comics character Oliver Queen and his crime-fighting alter ego Green Arrow.

Screenwriters involved in the pilot were Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, based on the story written by Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti. The Arrow pilot was directed by David Nutter, whose CV includes “Smallville” and “Supernatural”.

Stephen Amell (“Hung”, “The Vampire Diaries”) will play the title role of Oliver Queen, and Katie Cassidy (“Supernatural”, “Melrose Place”) will play Dinah ‘Laurel’ Lance. Other actors involved in the pilot will include David Ramsey (“Dexter”, “Blue Bloods”) will play Queen’s bodyguard John Diggle, Paul Blackthorne (“The Dresden Files”, “24”) will play Laurel’s father Detective Quentin Lance, among others.

Noticeably some of the names have been changed. Star City in the comics, for example, has been renamed Starling City and love interest Dinah Lance has been renamed as Laurel Lance. Green Arrow will be shortened to Arrow.

Here is CW’s official description of the pilot:

“After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.”

No word on when it will be aired but chances are it should be on American TV screens later in the year.

Sources: Newsarama,Comicbookresources, IMDB
Reporter: Dean Simons

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