The CW developing live-action Powerpuff Girls sequel series
Just over a year after its attempted reboot series came to an end at Cartoon Network, Variety has brought word that The CW is developing a live-action sequel series to the iconic animated superhero comedy The Powerpuff Girls.
The new series, which is being developed by writers and executive producers Heather Regnier (iZombie) and Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body), will see the titular trio as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having spent their entire childhood fighting crime and struggling to reunite as the world needs them more than ever.
Alongside Regnier and Cody, the project will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse), Sarah Schechter and David Madden via Berlanti Productions with Warner Bros. Television set to produce the project. Regnier is attached to the studio via an overall deal, with previous credits for WBTV including Falling Skies, iZombie and the Veronica Mars revival at Hulu, as well as working on Showtime’s SMILF and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow.
The Powerpuff Girls was created by Craig McCracken and debuted in 1998, centering on Professor Utonium as, in an attempt to create the perfect little girl, ends up creating the titular trio Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup from the combination of sugar, spice, everything nice and the mysterious Chemical X. The series received rave reviews over the course of its six-season run and was broken up with a theatrical movie in 2002, which was a modest critical and commercial success.
Cartoon Network rebooted the series in 2016 without the involvement of McCracken or the original voice cast and received generally mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike and some controversy for the mishandling of transgender themes in an episode in the first season.