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The CW Is Developing A Very Hunger Games-Like Show Based On Young Adult Novel, The Selection

The huge success of The Hunger Games film adaptation did not go unnoticed. Hollywood is currently doing everything it can to figure out how to replicate the success of that project with their own and that includes scooping up similar young adult book series. In steps Kiera Cass’ The Selection and the CW network. Read on to find out just how similar the two are. 

Amazingly enough, The Selection just hit shelves last month so Cass must be thrilled that a network is already picking up her book. The Selection is the first in a planned trilogy that revolves around America Singer, a young woman living in a future dystopian society in which 35 girls are entered into a lottery/competition to be queen. According to the description on Cass’ official website:

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, CW network president Mark Pedowitz announced The Selection was not picked up for the fall but could land during the summer or as a mid-season replacement.

“We’re very high on it,” he said. “We’re going to go back in fast and redevelop it and see if we can get it up. I’m a big, big fan of the genre, I read all the Hunger Games books; I wander through the young adult dystopian fiction area quite a bit. If you’re not an angel, werewolf or vampire, you’re a female heroine who’s 16 years old who fights in the future dystopian world.”

At least he’s not trying to conceal the fact that that’s why they want the project in the first place. Though Cass told Entertainment Weekly the idea for the book, ”was born out of wondering about the “what ifs” of other stories, mainly Esther (from the Bible) and Cinderella.”

Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden stars as America in the pilot along with Ethan Peck and Sean Patrick Thomas but the network hasn’t decided if they’ll be recast when they make changes.

Not knowing much about the book, all I can say is if it was between this and Arrow, I’m glad the CW went with Arrow.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Ganieda

    I remember seeing this show pitched as “Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.” I also remember my immediate response of idekwtf. 

  • Anonymous

    So the story concept has completely put me off thinking anything good about it. I liked the part of the description where she seemed like a real, intelligent person who doesn’t like the circumstances she’s in. I disliked the part where she meets a prince and everything seems okay yay!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t get past the name America Singer. I know people are legitimately named America, but the fact that she’s got this name and lives in a distopian society (though I can’t see much distopian about it from this description) rings way too contrived and cute for my taste. I just… America Singer? Really?

    I might still check it out though, if only because I’m genuinely curious how the hell a country functions with a queen they picked from a hat. Is this “queen” just an Evita-like figurehead or trained in the art of political intrigue or what?

  • Anonymous

    I embarrassingly (but not really) am eating up this premise with a spoon. If only because growing, Queen Esther was my favorite biblical figure ever. Though it’s CW and they don’t have a rep for quality so…

  • Anonymous

    Uhh…not liking this very much. But it does have Aimee Teegarden and she was a blast on Friday Night Lights, so I’ll check it out to see how it goes

  • Rose Jones

    The story of Queen Esther was also exactly what came to my mind when I read about the premise of this show. A woman is plucked from her obscure life, showered with beauty treatments and gifts like other candidates, and is unexpectedly the one chosen as queen. Later on this twist of fate and her inner courage save her people from destruction (although that ending was different in “Hunger Games”)

    Of course there are a few differences. The Persian king’s bedchamber didn’t have hidden cameras so everyone else could watch his lovemaking with the candidates.

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  • Anonymous

    Esther from the Bible was a big influence? Uh, does that mean her main character is going to kill the prince? I hope not, if only because if that’s actually the case she should have said “SPOILER” first.

    Also, it sounds like a bad season of “The Bachelor.”

  • Anonymous

    Really? They should have put her name in bold. I know she’s not personally responsible for FNL but if I’m willing to watch Battleship I should give The Selection a chance too. My love of all things Firefly has taken me far, I hope the FNL actors have similarly wonderful projects to work on ::Goes back to reading RL Nikki Heat novel::

  • Anonymous

    OK now I’m intrigued. I don’t know why I didn’t see the parallels to Esther when I first read this. But that could actually work, sounds pretty cool

  • Anonymous

    Yea that is true but I just enjoyed that show so much, it would be cool if they all went on to work on cool stuff to support. And I know that feeling well, I discovered the gem that was Dr. Horrible through Firefly. 

  • Anonymous

     Whether or not this show fails, all I want now is an actual retelling of Queen Esther’s story in the future with all our reality tv tropes. Also space needs to be involved. (Human girls rounded up to be the conquering space king’s concubines and one of them will be his queen?)

    But until then, I hope this show in the article will be good.

  • Anonymous

    Oh thank god, it’s not just me ;_; That’s the worst name I’ve ever heard for a fictional character.

  • scarecroe

    This sounds horrible.

  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    The CW did the same thing with The Vampire Diaries when Twilight hit big, and that didn’t turn out too bad.

  • Anonymous

    Guys, I think you’re all bashing it too much without giving it a chance… I just read the entire book in one night, and it’s nothing like you’re all saying. *spoilers* She’s not all “yay!” when she first meets Maxon, in fact, she downright hates him, and tells him to his face. She has reasons as to why she goes, and she doesn’t even want to when she finds out she was Selected. There are no cameras in rooms either, Maxon is too much of a gentleman to do anything with anyone anyway :P And there is also a reason as to why her name is America, the author wasn’t just going for some irony. So try to give the book a chance before you read one article about the show :)

  • Anonymous

    This review from Good Reads gives you the DL on the book. Also, America Singer is the anti-Katniss:

  • Rebecca P.

    You aren’t the only one. I stopped mid-second paragraph of the story’s description because, when I first read her name, I though it was a title/job or something. Not her damn name. I mean, come on. Try a little harder with the naming.

  • Angelica Marie Mijares

    You guys might want to check the reviews on Goodreads first, to see if the book is any good. I mean, if the book’s crap, it’s gonna be difficult for the TV peeps to make something good out of it.

    Here’s a link:

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  • Anonymous

    A little late here?  The CW decided not to pick this up when they announced their schedule days ago.

    As for the book, it was good but not great.  I couldn’t put it down but there were major problems..

  • Jill Pantozzi

    As it states in the post, they didn’t pick it up for the fall but are continuing to develop it for a possible summer or mid-season replacement.

  • Kim Pham

    please change “heroin” to “heroine”!!! I’m excited to see more summer/mid-season shows that will have many women in it!