That David E. Kelley Wonder Woman TV series? Don't hold your breath

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Dec 14, 2012

Remember the big news that writer-producer David E. Kelley was being brought in to launch a new Wonder Woman TV series? Well, it's not exactly a done deal yet.

Although it was previously reported that Kelley was going to be involved in bringing the DC Comics heroine back to the small screen, he told Zap2it that while he's been developing ideas for the series, he's not officially doing it yet.

He explained, "There's no real deal in place yet, but yeah, my intent is to take a stab at it. I've been working on it between scripts for [his new series] Harry's Law. It's a very, very different genre for me, a very tricky beast. I won't know whether I've cracked it or not until I've finished it, but it's going."

The successful creator of shows like Ally McBeal, The Practice and Boston Legal also said that any talk about who will play the Amazonian princess is just speculation: "At the beginning, there was a little bit of that, but we quickly made it known that was premature. I haven't necessarily committed to doing it yet. I'm at the point where I'm trying to figure out if I can make the franchise work for me."

Kelley admitted that if he doesn't feel good about the project, "I don't want to delude Warner Brothers or anybody else that I should be doing it. The way I've always worked has been to write a script and discover, in the process of the writing, if it's a fertile and creative place where I want to live. If I feel I can make the characters my own and it's a world rich enough for me to revisit, that's a good sign to me that it's a series worth doing."

The other challenge facing Kelley is time: With Harry's Law set to premiere on NBC on Jan. 17, he might have a hard time actually figuring out whether he and Wonder Woman make a good match. "The only way I'm truly going to discover if [Wonder Woman] is right for me, and I'm right for it, is to roll my sleeves up and close the door and do some work," he said. "And that's a challenge, because it's kind of a busy time."

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