The fledgling CW network is developing a drama based on the popular Gossip Girl books about privileged teenagers attending elite private schools in New York City.
Since the first book in the series was published in 2002, the Gossip Girl novels have consistently ranked highly on New York Times' best-seller list. The most recent book, number nine in the series, was released in May.
The CW, which launches this fall from the ashes of the defunct WB and UPN networks, has committed to a pilot that will be developed by Josh Schwartz, the creator and executive producer of Fox's teen soap The O.C.
Two years ago, Lindsay Lohan was attached to star in a feature adaptation that would have been written by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino
"The books are a soap opera, and TV makes a lot of sense," said Leslie Morgenstein, president of the books' publisher, Alloy Entertainment, the firm behind last year's adaptation of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.