A tough 20-something female hacker joins forces with a police detective to bring down criminals. If this quick description of CBS pilot Quean sounds familiar to you, then you’re not alone — Sony Pictures, which owns the rights to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, wasn’t thrilled to hear that The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken had penned a script with a character who sounded so much like Lisbeth Salander and threatened to sue CBS’s parent company, Warner Bros. TV. Rather than abandon the concept, Chaiken rewrote the pilot to try and differentiate her protagonist. (Hilariously, among other tweaks, the formerly solitary character was given a boyfriend.) But, according to Deadline — which also reminds us of how common it is to see TV shows “inspired by” other successful pop-culture products — Sony didn’t relent, and the series is now out of development. So, what do you think, readers? Was Sony overstepping its bounds in squashing the show? Would you have liked to see Quean if it could have overcome its legal troubles? Or have you already seen enough edgy, crime-fighting hacker girls for one lifetime?
Written by Judy Berman