ABC is teaming up with Vampire Diaries showrunner Caroline Dries to adapt the Scandinavian series Black Widows created by Mikko Polla and Roope Lehtinen. Dries is writing and executive producing under her overall deal with Sony Pictures TV.
The project is set in an idyllic mountain town where three women form an unlikely bond when a tragic boat accident results in the deaths of their significant others. Secrets are made, lives are taken, and the truth might be hard to keep buried in this sexy, soapy thriller.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is producing with Jennifer Davisson executive producing with Michael Hampton, DRG’s Jeremy Fox, and Fire Monkey’s Polla, Lehtinen, and Crispin Leyser.
In addition to Vampire Diaries, Dries other television credits include Smallville, Melrose Place, and working with Carol Mendelsohn to adapt Witchblade for NBC and Sony TV.
If picked up to series, the program would be filling a Desperate Housewives-hole that the network has been struggling to fill for years. Previous primetime soap attempts have included 666 Park Avenue, Blood & Oil, and The Family. There best successes have been Revenge, which struggled to continue the plot after the first season, and Nashville, which after a cancellation from ABC found new life on CMT.
Emily J | Managing Editor