Here's an extended four-minute trailer and three new clips to a new series coming to NBC called Revolution. The show was created and produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost), written and produced by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), and the pilot episode was directed by none other than Jon Favreau (Iron Man). The show is an action drama that follows a group of people struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. It looks like the best new show NBC has going for it right now, and I'm looking forward to checking it out!
Here's the fficial synopsis:
Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.
Revolution will air this fall Monday nights at 10pm on NBC. Watch the trailer and clips below and let us know if this looks like something you'll be watching. Below the videos you'll find a Q and A session with Favreau and THR talking about the show.
Here's a Q & A session about the show with Favreau and THR:
THR: When doing something like Revolution, how is directing a pilot versus a movie?
Favreau: Pilots tend to have a longer time to film than an episode, but it’s certainly a lot less than a movie. But we had a really tight script and I was working with producers like Eric Kripke and JJ Abrams, who have been involved in TV a lot. JJ and I have been looking to work together in TV for a long time, so you just have to prepare a little more. The casting process is crazy, especially when you have a lot of unknowns, a lot of discoveries, and the Bad Robot shows, JJ’s shows, are all really cast-driven, so a lot of care went into finding the right people for the parts. So it really all worked out well, I’m very pleased with how well it all turned out.
THR: How much did JJ consult on a day-to-day basis?
Favreau: Well he was definitely very involved in developing the script with Eric, and then while we were filming, he was filming Star Trek, so we would shoot dailies to him, we would communicate using the same technology that he show eliminates. So we were very dependent upon technology. But he’s pretty tech-forward, and a lot of stuff is done online, so I would talk to my internet through the internet, I would talk to JJ through emails. He’s got a great company, I’ve been wanting to work there for a while, and he’s got a great time, so I felt very well looked after.
THR: What does this world look like? It’s post-apocalyptic, but it’s modern.
Favreau: Yeah, we wanted to make it actually hopeful, even though that doesn’t sound like it really fits with the dystopian world that post-apocalyptic stories are usually set against. But the feeling was that there was a whole younger generation that grew up without power and that when nature begins to reclaim what we’ve built, whether it’s cities, you see the city of Chicago 15 years after it’s been all but abandoned, you see that the plants start to grow back over things and there’s a lushness and a greenness, and the green shoots of new life that have come over society, so it’s kind of an interesting, different spin on it that was something, we had really did and planned for and discussed.
THR: How much involvement will you have with the show going forward?
Favreau: I’m going to be involved, I’m going to be a producer on the show and I’m going to be, as soon as I’m done out here, I’m going to go back and hit the writers room and Eric is going to be breaking stories for the new season with JJ and myself, and then hopefully either direct or be involved some way for future episodes.
THR: Were there any of JJ’s shows, like Lost, that you used as an inspiration?
Favreau: It definitely shares some DNA with Lost and the other Bad Robot shows, but I think when Eric came up with the idea for this, I think he was looking at things like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, how to set a fantasy with swords and lo-tech societies butting [heads] and set it on an American backdrop. So even though America’s overgrown, it has a personality that you don’t see in those European-based shows.
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