Report: Berlanti's BLACK LIGHTNING Gets Pilot Order at THE CW

Updated 2/3/2017: The Hollywood Reporter now reports that Greg Berlanti's Black Lightning TV series has been given a pilot order at the CW. The show had previously scored a pilot order from Fox, but the network reportedly passed on the series before it was filmed.

Updated 2/2/2017Deadline is reporting that Greg Berlanti’s Black Lightning, based on the DC Comic book character that was originally in development at Fox, is moving with the likely destination being the CW, the home of the ‘Berlanti-verse’ DC shows Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.

The online trade said negotiations are still underway but that a pilot order at the CW is likely.

Fox reportedly decided to pass on the show due to its already crowded comic book/genre line-up that includes Gotham and Lucifer and will be joined in the fall by the Matt Nix untitled X-Men series in development.

While the focus of the series is on titular character Jefferson Pierce, his daughters are also main characters – an area the younger-skewing CW would likely emphasize. In the comic books, his daughters are the superheroes Thunder (Anissa) and Lightning (Jennifer).

The official description of the series reads: “He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.”

The husband-and-wife duo Salim and Mara Brock Akli are writing and executive producing.

Original story 9/18/2016: Greg Berlanti's proposed Black Lightning TV series has landed a pilot commitment through Fox, according to Variety. Berlanti will reportedly produce the pilot alongside Sarah Schechter, with husband-and-wife duo Salim and Mara Brock Akli writing.

The story is said to focus on an older, retired version of Jefferson Pierce, A.K.A. Black Lightning, who is pulled out of retirement when his as-yet-unnamed daughter starts seeking justice.

Fox also recently commited to a pilot based in Marvel's X-Men universe, and airs Gotham, based on the world of Batman, as well as Lucifer, based on the Vertigo title.

No release date or cast has been announced for the purported project. 

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