Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
As with film, not every television project that enters development actually makes it to the screen — but sighing over what could’ve been is a task for some other day. Today, our curiosity is piqued by some of the more interesting-sounding series in the works, including shows by Transformers helmer Michael Bay (how’s he gonna fit all those explosions on a tiny screen?) and Dark Knight writer David Goyer. I don’t know that I’d actually want to follow all of these series if they actually made it to air, but I’ll be keeping an eye on them to see how they pan out. After the jump:
- Starz orders Da Vinci’s Demons, by Dark Knight writer David Goyer
- Michael Bay will exec produce Outsiders for The CW
- NBC buys a new comedy by Scrubs writer Tim Hobert and the guy who played intern Lonnie on same
- Showtime buys a new comedy from the Farrelly Bros.
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For those of you who aren’t paying attention to the barrage or recent advertising and promotion, ABC will begin airing a new television series called FlashForward on September 24th at 8pm. Based on the 1999 novel by Robert J. Sawyer, the story involves a global event which causes everyone to simultaneously experience, for two minutes and seventeen seconds, his or her life six months in the future. Everyone who survived is left wondering if what they saw will actually happen. Many people are already calling it the new Lost. That said, there is the concern that the creators might not know how to deliver on this initial concept.
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Fox wasn’t prepared to premiere material at Comic-Con, because, they claimed, everything was in such an “early” not ready for prime-time form. Yet 10-days later they have launched the official Jumper website, and have released four production photos from the 1992 Steven Gould sci-fi novel adaptation.
A genetic anomaly allows a young man (Hayden Christensen) to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between ‘Jumpers’ and those who have sworn to kill them (Samuel L Jackson). Rachel Bilson plays David’s childhood friend and also his crush. Jamie Bell plays Griffin, a Jumper who has fought and evaded Paladins since his childhood. And Diane Lane as Mary Rice, the mother of David who abandoned her son when he was five years old.
Doug Liman (Go, The Bourne Identity, Swingers) directed the film based on a David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade) screenplay adaptation.
The website is pretty difficult and frustrating to navigate, so we have gathered the information for you below. I recommend reading it, as it certainly sucked me in. Looks like I might have to make a trip to the book store and by the book. Check out the photos followed by the information after the jump. As always, left click to enlarge the photos.
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