TVLine is reporting that ABC have given a pilot commitment production for a new iteration of the 1980s family drama The Wonder Years, focusing on a black middle-class family inspired by writer Saladin K. Patterson’s childhood experiences, who will executive produce alongside Lee Daniels and original The Wonder Years star Fred Savage, who will also direct the pilot.
This new incarnation of The Wonder Years will chronicle how a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960s, the same era as the original series, made sure it was The Wonder Years for them too.
Created by Neal Marlens (who will serve as a consultant on the new iteration) and Carol Black, the original The Wonder Years series ran for six seasons on ABC between 1988 to 1993, with the coming-of-age drama taking place between 1968 to 1973, with Daniel Stern narrating as the adult version of Kevin Arnold, played by Fred Savage, a teenager in a suburban middle-class family, who recalled growing up during the turbulent social times. The series also starred Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d’Abo, Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar.
If the pilot script from Patterson is approved for pilot production by ABC, an opening for a mini-writer’s room will begin in preparation for a possible series order.