The CW Network has won the rights to 'Oxygen,' a sci-fi alien drama in the vein of 'District 9,' according to Deadline.com.
The project originated with Space Floor TV's Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg and Josh Applebaum, the group responsible for 'Happy Town,' 'Life on Mars' and 'Samurai Girl.' The project, written by Meredith Averill ('The Good Wife'), follows a high school program that represents the first attempt to integrate a group of humanoid aliens who have been stranded on Earth. Much like how 'District 9' drew heavily from the socio-political sphere of South Africa post-apartheid, 'Oxygen's concept already draws allegorical parallels to America's civil rights movement. The high school program is challenged by prejudices on both sides, with the requisite star-crossed romance between a human girl and an alien boy. How convenient that these humanoid aliens have masculine and feminine genders!
CBS Studios is producing the project and has requested that Space Floor TV's trio Exec Produce the pilot, working closely with Avrerill. The team is quite comfortable working with effects and high-profile projects, with Rosenberg having recently sold a pitch to Disney worth upwards of 1Million$.
No word yet when the pilot script will be ready for development, but CW is no stranger to casting gorgeous young lovers for their original series. The addition of 'Oxygen' will likely boost their credibility with a young male audience, to bolster the young female fanbase they have confidently relied upon for so long.
Keep checking Rage for the latest on 'Oxygen's development.