Tian Richards is set to lead a Tom Swift spin-off at The CW. The series, developed in October 2020, has been delivered order-to-order by the network. Richards got his first appearance as Swift in Nancy Drew back in May, in the episode “The Celestial Visitor,” which served as a backdoor pilot for the character.
Nancy Drew showrunner Melinda Hsu Taylor and series creators Noga Landau, Josh Schwartz, and Stephanie Savage have all been tapped by the network to work on the series. Empty Swift was created by Taylor, Landau and Cameron Johnson, which will co-produce with Schwartz, Savage and Lis Rowinski. The new show is set to debut in the 2021-2022 broadcast season, but no official dates have been announced yet.
Tom Swift is based on the eponymous book series, published in 1910 and created by Edward Stratemeyer, who later created classics such as The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Over the course of the series’ long life, heading into the early 2000s, Tom Swift, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew all went into each other’s series.
The new TV series follows the adventures of the titular character, a black queer billionaire inventor who finds himself squeezed into a world of sci-fi conspiracy after his father’s mysterious disappearance. Tom embarks on a quest to uncover the truth, leaving behind the comforts of his usual lucrative lifestyle as he struggles to stay one step ahead of an Illuminati-scale group that loves to stop him. Tom’s missions will require his genius and flair for innovation driven by love, romance, friendship and the mysteries of the universe that are yet to be solved.
This is the first major adaptation of Tom Swift in movies or television. In the early 20th century, Stratemeyer made attempts to produce a film, followed by subsequent attempts by others to produce radio and television series about the titular character. Others tried to adapt the series to the silver screen in 1968 and 1974. Collider previously reported it Barry Sonnenfeld and Ben david grabinski was set to customize Tom Swift series for a film back in 2009, but the project has not come out of the planning phase.
That Tom Swift the series does not have a release date yet, however Nancy Drew returns to The CW for a third season on October 8th.
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