“Roswell” Reboot Is Officially Happening at The CW

The CW has now given a pilot order to a reboot of Roswell, the sci-fi teen drama which aired from 1999 to 2002.

The Originals’ Carina MacKenzie will executive produce the show and will write the script. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin Television will executive produce, along with Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown. Based on Melinda Metz’s book, Roswell High, and the WB series created by Jason Katims, the new show will include an immigration twist.

The network published a description of the project: “After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.”

The original series starred Jason Behr, Shiri Appleby, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fehr, Majandra Delfino, Colin Hanks, and Nick Wechsler. It revolved around high school students in the town of Roswell and the love story between human Liz (Appleby) and alien Max (Behr).

The announcement comes days after The CW ordered a pilot for a Charmed reboot, headed by Jane the Virgin‘s Jennie Urman. The network also ordered five other projects – Playing Dead, In The Dark, Skinny Dip, The End of the World As We Know It, Spencer.