Mark Schwahn has spent most of his time being the brains behind the teen drama One Tree Hill, but is the show enough work for him? It appears as though the creator of the series is all set to move on, or at least pursue other projects for the time being. Though there haven’t been any finalized deals, it’s been reported that Schwahn is in negotiations to pen the script for the CW’s incarnation of Melrose Place.
Last October, the network and CBS Paramount TV announced that they were planning on reviving the old Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff. They were hoping for a contemporary take on the 1990s hit Melrose Place, and Schwahn emerged as the top choice to write the project.
Of course, Mark Schwahn is not giving up on One Tree Hill just yet. Apparently, the deal regarding a new series is taking longer to make because of the creator’s commitment to his seven-season brainchild.
According to reports, Schwahn did sign a two-year overall deal with CBS Paramount in early October but won’t push through until June. The One Tree Hill showrunner is currently under a pact at Warner Bros. TV for his ongoing program. That agreement with WBTV calls for him to continue being executive producer and head of OTH, if ever the series gets picked up for a seventh season. Many already speculate that the series will indeed take on another run, and might even go for a season 8.
Despite that, Mark Schwahn working on Melrose Place doesn’t look like a long-time deal. The move to have Schwahn do the project resembles the one that occurred for 90210. For that, the CW and CBS Paramount pulled in Veronica Mars‘ creator Rob Thomas to pen the original script. Since then, Thomas handed the show over to Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah.
That simply means that One Tree Hill‘s Schwahn isn’t really expected to stay with the contemporary Melrose Place, if it ever sees the light. It seems as though he’s not ready to let go of OTH just yet, since there’s little hope that the series would survive without him.
-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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