The teen-focused channel, which shows America’s Next Top Model, 90210, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, has ordered a pilot episode for a possible 2013 series.
The original programme, which ran for eight series between 1973 and 1979, was broadly intended as a rival to Doctor Who and centred on a group of teens who have reached the next level of evolution and acquired powers such as telekinesis, telepathy and teleportation.
These “Homo Superior” (whether the series coined this term or took it from the David Bowie song Oh! You Pretty Things was a bone of contention) were then put in charge of protecting Earth from alien invasion.
The new American version is to be masterminded by writers and executive producers who previously worked on The Vampire Diaries, Arrow and Chuck.
The Tomorrow People was previously revived for ITV in the UK in 1992 by its original creator Roger Price. The 1990s version, which featured future Skyfall star Naomie Harris, aired on Central and Thames and ran for 26 episodes.