• Dove Cameron, who played Bubbles, described the canceled Powerpuff Girls reboot as “campy, sexy and fun.”
  • She also expressed her love for the experience and co-author Diablo Cody.
  • Despite the actors’ positive opinion, the live-action adaptation deviated from the popular Cartoon Network franchise and took a different approach with disaffected young adult versions of the characters.

Powerpuff Girls Live-action actress Dove Cameron reflects on her time as Bubbles in the CW pilot. Back in August 2020, it was announced that a live-action version of Powerpuff Girls was in progress. The adaptation takes a different approach from the groundbreaking Cartoon Network franchise, depicting Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup as disillusioned young adults reluctant to live up to their heroic call. Despite some high-profile casting and filming taking place, the live-action show received a negative response. It was officially canceled in July this year.

While we’re talking about their new album Alchemical: Vol. 1Cameron took part in an Ask Me Anything video Elle. When it came to discussing the live-action version Powerpuff Girls, Cameron described the project as “very campy and very sexy and very funny.” Cameron, who is also known for her role as Mal in offspring Franchise, also recalled her excitement about working with co-writer Diablo Cody. Her quote is below:

Let me just say that I loved what we shot and that was one of the funniest things and I think whatever you thought it wasn’t going to be like that and it was very cheesy and very sexy and Very funny and I love Diablo Cody.

Why the Live-Action Powerpuff Girls Failed (and How the Franchise’s Creator Predicted It)

Blossom in the Powerpuff Girls movie (2002).

In the potential series’ logline, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup were described as disaffected young adults in their twenties. Angered at having lost their childhood in favor of fighting crime, the trio are faced with the decision to reunite when the world needs them more than ever. The live-action adaptation would have been produced by Warner Bros. Television Studios, starring Heather Regnier (Sleepy Hollow) and Diablo Cody, who wrote the screenplay Juno, Write. The Arrowverse’s Sarah Schechter and Greg Berlanti served as executive producers.

A pilot film started in February 2021 with Chloe Bennet, Cameron and Yana Perrault as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. More actors were revealed including Peels Star Donald Faison as Professor “Drake” Utonium. On May 24 of that year, The CW announced that the pilot would need to be reworked. The script was leaked later that day, leading to much criticism and ridicule. Mark Pedowitz, then head of The CW, said the script had to be largely rewritten. Photos from the Powerpuff Girls Set also surfaced online and was met with similar backlash. Bennet canceled the project in August 2021, citing scheduling conflicts.


A Live-Action Powerpuff Girls Adaptation Could Work (But The CW’s Age Selection Went Too Far)

A live-action Powerpuff Girls series could work, but it needs to stay true to the age of the original characters, unlike what The CW had in mind.

In May of this year, the adaptation was canceled by Nexstar, The CW’s new majority owner. It has since been confirmed that Warner Bros. TV is no longer developing the live-action series, meaning the project is officially dead and will not end up on another network or streaming service. Powerpuff Girls Creator Craig McCracken recently reflected on the reboot’s cancellation, citing the decision to change the characters and tone as reasons for its failure.

Source: Elle

  • Powerpuff Girls

    Release date: November 18, 1998

    Pour: Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, EG Daily, Tom Kane, Tom Kenny, Roger Jackson, Jennifer Hale, Jeff Bennett, Jennifer Martin, Jim Cummings

    Genres: Action, animation, comedy, superhero

    Evaluation: TV-Y7

    Seasons: 6

    Season list: Powerpuff Girls – Season 1, Powerpuff Girls – Season 2, Powerpuff Girls – Season 3, Powerpuff Girls – Season 4, Powerpuff Girls – Season 5, Powerpuff Girls – Season 6, Powerpuff Girls – Season 2016

    Authors: Craig McCracken, Amy Keating Rogers

    Network: Cartoon Network

    Franchise(s): The Powerpuff Girls

    Directors: Craig McCracken, Brian Larsen, John McIntyre, Randy Myers, Genndy Tartakovsky, Robert Alvarez, Chris Savino

    Showrunner: Craig McCracken

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