Midnighters appears to be getting its shot at primetime prospects at The CW, with the network now eyeing an adaptation of the YA sci-fi/fantasy book series by Scott Westerfeld.
The CW is set to develop Midnighters for television, reports Deadline. The would-be series has been placed under the purview of personnel behind NBC thriller series Blindspot, specifically that show’s creator/executive producer, Martin Gero, and his executive producer cohort, Chris Pozzebon, who will pen the pilot script. The project will be produced by Warner Bros. TV along with (the Warner-owned) Alloy Entertainment.
As the report describes Pozzebon’s Midnighters television adaptation plot:
“On their 29th birthday, an estranged brother and sister discover they’re Midnighters, a chosen few born at the stroke of midnight, with access to a magical 25th hour each day that their kind can use to dramatic, comedic and poignant advantage. Ultimately, they learn their destiny is to protect the world from an ancient evil that has been trapped inside the 25th hour for centuries and is about to break free.”
The story of the Midnighters books center on teens (referred to as Midnighters,) in Bixby, Oklahoma who, at the stroke of midnight are able to exist inside a supernatural 25th hour of the day – known as the Blue Hour – in which they possess magical powers. However, one such teen, the trilogy’s primary protagonist, Jessica Day, becomes thrust into a struggle between good stewards of these abilities and evil conjurors consisting of the Darklings and the Slithers.
Scott Westerfeld’s book trilogy consists of 2004’s The Secret Hour, 2005’s Touching Darkness and 2006’s Blue Noon. The current effort to adapt the novels is hardly the first, with the rights having been contemporaneously acquired by The CW’s network predecessor form, The WB, for a TV effort from Charmed executive producer Brad Kern, followed by a 2012 effort by Chuck creators Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz that also went nowhere.
This particular iteration of Midnighters will see Blindspot’s Chris Pozzebon (also known from TV tenures on Schitt’s Creek and Open Heart,) serve as writer, and will executive-produce alongside Martin Gero via Quinn’s House, joined in the latter capacity by Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.
Pozzebon and Gero’s work on Midnighters won’t likely get off the ground until they’ve finished with Blindspot, which was renewed for a fifth and final (most likely abbreviated) season on NBC, set to arrive sometime in 2020.
We’ll keep you updated on The CW’s Midnighters television project as the news arrives!