Deadline is reporting that CBS has put in development Moreau, a drama series inspired by H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel The Island Of Dr. Moreau. Sleepy Hollow co-creator Phillip Iscove, who left the Fox drama at the end of last season, is writing the script for CBS TV Studios and studio-based Kennedy/Marshall.

islandofdrmoreauIn the TV adaptation, the title character of disgraced London physiologist Dr. Moreau — who retreats to an island to work on his experiments creating animal-human hybrids — is a woman. Fiercely intelligent and fearless, Dr. Katherine Moreau expands the boundaries of medicine through bold and revolutionary scientific experimentation and treatments in her privately funded island hospital. Iscove executive produces with Marshall and Robert Zotnowski of the Kennedy/Marshall Co.

The Island Of Dr. Moreau is one of the most frequently adapted Wells books, with a slew of movies based on it including the 1932 Bela Lugosi starrer The Island Of Lost Souls, the 1977 feature starring Burt Lancaster and Michael York and the infamous 1996 film toplined by Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. Warner Bros has been developing a new big-screen treatment with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.

It’s always good to see more horror on TV. Hope this turns out good.