I don’t know how many times I can keep reporting this same sentence, but here goes one more: J.J. Abrams is creating another new TV show. The man who apparently isn’t satisfied with just having Alcatraz, Fringe, Person of Interest, Shelter, and Star Trek 2 in the works is developing a science-fiction pilot for NBC called Revolution. Abrams is exective producing with LOST partner Bryan Burk. Eric Kripke (Supernatural) will be writing the script.
NBC has released the following description of Revolution‘s premise: “A high octane action drama from J. J. Abrams following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.” That’s about as Abramsy as anything I’ve ever heard.
In fact, of all the developing projects from the sci-fi fixture, this seems the most like his greatest achievement in television: LOST. Maybe all these stabs at new TV projects is simply an endeavor to reclaim the ownership of most engrossing show on air. Yes, Person of Interest has escalated in appeal significantly since its inception. But nothing compares to Abrams’ island manifesto. Revolution, a show about a group of characters (probably strangers), isolated and dealing with grave and dangerous mystery, might try to follow in the footsteps of LOST more closely than any of his other in-production shows. But even with a project so close in nature to the ABC triumph, could the man recreate such a dynamic force of character and storytelling?
In October, Abrams made mention of creating a mystery-adventure program. Whether or not these projects are one and the same is unknown…but it’s certainly possible that he’s got yet another show he plans on launching any day now.