Freeform is taking an interesting tack with the battle of the sexes. Deadline reports the cable channel has put the Motherland TV show pilot into development. The project hails from Gary Sanchez Productions. Eliot Laurence is writing. He wrote 14 episodes of The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo. He is also credited for the screenplay of the Welcome to Me feature film, starring Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Loretta Devine, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Messick will executive produce Motherland. The report describes the supernatural drama’s one-hour pilot as, “…an epic military fantasy set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country.”
Here is more, from Deadline:
The project is set in contemporary times where young women conscript at 18 and receive basic training in combat magic at a base called Fort Salem. The show follows three young women from basic into early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped. Women are on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world, but their tactics and weapons are supernatural.
What do you think? Do you like the sound of the Motherland TV show pilot? If Freeform orders the Motherland TV series, who would you cast as the three young women? Tell us.
I believe that the series could be a success if the magic portrayed had a visceral effect on the characters and the environment. Magic is powerful both physically and psychologically. i.e. Seeing a demon would terrify an ordinary person and fire magic is actually hot and produces heat damage to the surroundings etc. The characters must feel the weight of the responsibilities they bear and fear is always a factor as magic is unpredictable… Thumbs up! Make it a cult classic.