UPDATED: Four Pilots With Some Sci-Fi Flavor Heading Our Way
As Doctor Gash mentioned this morning, it's pilot season for the TV networks, and we have four more projects to report on, all of which bring with them some tasty sci-fi flavor.
First up, NBC has greenlit "Believe," a JJ Abrams project with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men). "Believe" was written by Cuarón and Mark Friedman ("The Forgotten"). It is about the unlikely relationship between a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down. Cuarón, Friedman, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are executive producing for Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot. Cuarón is attached to direct.
Don't like the sounds of that one but you're a big Abrams fan? Then switch the channel to Fox, which has an untitled new project from Abrams and J.H. Wyman ("Fringe") on the way. The Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot-produced project is described as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Wyman wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Bad Robot’s Abrams and Bryan Burk. Kathy Lingg is co-exec producing. Probably not something we'll be covering even if it does make it to the series stage, but we figured we'd pass on the info anyway.
Lastly, The CW has two pilots on order that could be of interest. First is "Oxygen," written/exec produced by Meredith Averill, about an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp. It's said to be in the vein of District 9. "Oxygen" hails from Space Floor TV’s Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg and Olé Prods’ Richard Shepard, Sean Furst, and Bryan Furst.
Update: Gary Fleder, who directed the pilot for The CW's "Beauty and the Beast," has been recruited by The CW and CBS Studios to helm "Oxygen."
Second is "The Hundred," written by Jason Rothenberg. "The Hundred" is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The project is based on upcoming Alloy books written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown. Warner Bros. TV, which owns Alloy Entertainment, is producing with Rothenberg and Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo executive producing.
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