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Powerpuff Girls’ live-action pilot scrapped for being ‘campy’ amid alleged script leaks

By SAAB LARIOSA Published May 27, 2021 2:57 pm

The pilot for the CW’s Powerpuff Girls live-action reboot is being reshot amid internal talks of being too “campy” or in bad taste. CW chairman Mark Pedowitz explained that further adjustments are necessary to get that perfect mix of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

“We believe in the cast completely, we believe in Diablo and Heather, the writers. In this case, the pilot didn’t work," Pedowitz shared with Deadline.

“Because we see enough elements in there, we wanted to give it another shot,” Pedowitz said. “It may have felt a little too campy and not rooted in reality.”

“You learn things and you test things out. In this case, we felt let’s take a step back and go back to the drawing board because this is a powerful property, it has engaged a lot of interest and we want to get it right before we put it out,” he added.

The series was set to portray the three crime-fighting girls portrayed by Chloe Bennett (Blossom), Dove Cameron (Bubbles), and Yana Perrault (Buttercup) living in the modern world.

On-set photos of the three iconic girls. Photo by TMZ

Though Pedowitz didn’t specify the “campy” elements, his announcement came in light of alleged script leaks circulating online. 

The leaked script sees the three once-sugar sweet girls now as fully grown adults taking nude photos, walking in on each other having sex, and referring to life as “one big hate boner.” 

Though it could be an on-brand rendition of CW-adapted shows such as Riverdale, the online uproar may have caused the studio to shift gears—or at least lessen the Chemical X.