ABC Hot for Sci-fi Drama Flash Forward

By Jason

September 22, 2008 Books Television 74 Comments

After some heated bidding, a spec script by Blade filmmaker David S. Goyer and Star Trek veteran Brannon Braga is close to landing at ABC. ABC is hoping the series, Flash Forward, could be a worthy companion to Lost.

Based on Robert J. Sawyer’s sci-fi novel, Flash Forward chronicles the chaos that ensues after A scientific experiment begins goes badly. During the experiment, as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone’s consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.. It’s just the sort of thing ABC has been looking for to capture the interest of their die-hard Lost fans.

Flash Forward, the series, was originally developed at HBO who will still maintain part ownership in the finished product. HBO brass were all pretty high for the show but they felt it was really something that would fit better on network television. So, with HBO’s blessing, Goyer and Braga shopped it around where it soon spurred a bidding war between ABC and Fox. Now it looks like ABC wanted it just a bit more.

Goyer, who co-wrote the story for The Dark Knight (and also wrote the three Blade films and directed the third one), will direct the pilot episode. Braga, who you might know as the co-creator of the Star Trek series Enterprise, will continue to work full time on 24.

There isn’t any word on what specific plans ABC might have for the show, but I would assume they are thinking of having the show ready to go by next Fall in time for the Lost premiere. If they really do plan to use it as a companion show to Lost that would give them two full years before Lost is done and Flash Forward has to stand on its own.

I personally think the idea for the show sounds fantastic. I haven’t had a chance to read the book although I have heard of it previously. I can imagine a lot of Lost-like possibilities although the show will have to strive to find its own niche. I could imagine the series might chronicle one person each episode. People who saw the future might be inclined to try to change things. Maybe each episode would start with the person seeing a few seconds of their future during the experiment and then the episode would be about what that person does with the knowledge they gain. It’s definitely an interesting idea.

Now I really want to read the book.

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