‘The Wood’ TV Series No Longer Happening at Showtime

The Wood (Credit: Paramount Pictures)

A television series based on the 1999 film The Wood has been shelved at Showtime.

The network opted not to move forward with the project as it makes changes to its slate, Variety reported Wednesday.

Showtime ordered a pilot for the series in 2021, as previously reported. Like the film, the show would follow the lives and relationships of three young Black men born and raised in Inglewood, Calif.

The coming-of-age movie starred Omar Epps, Taye Diggs and Richard T. Jones as three young men who recount their childhood days living in Inglewood before Roland’s (played by Diggs) wedding. The film grossed just over $25 million at the box office on a reported production budget of $6 million.

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Rick Famuyiwa, who directed and co-wrote The Wood, was hired to direct the pilot and executive produce it for Showtime’s sister company Paramount Television Studios.

The series is now reportedly being shopped to other networks.

As part of its ongoing programming changes, Showtime also canceled the talk show Ziwe after two seasons.

The series was created, hosted and executive produced by comedian Ziwe Fumudoh.

It premiered in 2021, and included celebrity interviews, comedy sketches and conversations on issue including race, politics and Black culture.

Among the celebrity guests who appeared on the show were Wayne Brady, Amber Riley, Charlamagne Tha God, Drew Barrymore, Blake Griffin, and Michael Che.