Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
What Was I Watching Before? Bryan Singer Says 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Is "The True Birth Of The X-Men" What Was I Watching Before? Bryan Singer Says 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Is "The True Birth Of The X-Men" Review & Recap: 'True Detective' Season 2, Episode 3 'Maybe Tomorrow' Review & Recap: 'True Detective' Season 2, Episode 3 'Maybe Tomorrow' Zack Snyder Defends 'Man Of Steel' Finale, Ben Affleck Reveals Bruce Wayne Knew People Who Died In That Battle Zack Snyder Defends 'Man Of Steel' Finale, Ben Affleck Reveals Bruce Wayne Knew People Who Died In That Battle New Book Contends Eric Stoltz Was “Difficult” & The Cast Wasn’t Shocked He Was Replaced On ‘Back To The Future’ New Book Contends Eric Stoltz Was “Difficult” & The Cast Wasn’t Shocked He Was Replaced On ‘Back To The Future’ Watch: Scott Lang Wants To Call The Avengers In New International 'Ant-Man' Trailer Watch: Scott Lang Wants To Call The Avengers In New International 'Ant-Man' Trailer Watch: Epic New Trailer For Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, & More Watch: Epic New Trailer For Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, & More The 20 Worst Films Of 2015 So Far The 20 Worst Films Of 2015 So Far Zack Snyder Reveals The Easter Egg Idea He Pitched Christopher Nolan And David Goyer For 'Man Of Steel' Zack Snyder Reveals The Easter Egg Idea He Pitched Christopher Nolan And David Goyer For 'Man Of Steel' New Images Of Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor, More In 'Batman v. Superman,' Ben Affleck Compares Batman To Hamlet New Images Of Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor, More In 'Batman v. Superman,' Ben Affleck Compares Batman To Hamlet Mads Mikkelsen And Hugh Dancy Released From Their 'Hannibal' Contracts Mads Mikkelsen And Hugh Dancy Released From Their 'Hannibal' Contracts Paul Thomas Anderson To Write And Possibly Direct Warner Bros' ‘Pinocchio’ For Robert Downey Jr. Paul Thomas Anderson To Write And Possibly Direct Warner Bros' ‘Pinocchio’ For Robert Downey Jr. Watch: Michael Fassbender Plays ‘Steve Jobs’ In New Trailer For Oscar-Contender Co-Starring Kate Winslet & Seth Rogen Watch: Michael Fassbender Plays ‘Steve Jobs’ In New Trailer For Oscar-Contender Co-Starring Kate Winslet & Seth Rogen Tom Cruise Still Gearing Up For 'Top Gun 2,' Story Will Involve Drone Warfare Tom Cruise Still Gearing Up For 'Top Gun 2,' Story Will Involve Drone Warfare Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Review: ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney & Jason Clarke Review: ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney & Jason Clarke 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season

J.J. Abrams/Jonathan Nolan TV Show 'Person Of Interest' Gets A Pilot

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist February 10, 2011 at 2:54AM

Plus 'Twilight: Eclipse' Helmer David Slade To Direct Pilot For 'R.E.M.'With the stigma of working in TV long since eroded, it seems that there's no big-screen producer, director or writer these days without a TV series or two on the go; only yesterday saw James Mangold and Philip Noyce join big names like Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann and Bryan Singer as helmers who've taken charge of TV pilots in recent memory. Now more news of big-name above-the-line talent who are moving forward on new telly shows, both of which could see themselves turning up on our DVR if they move forward.
2

Plus 'Twilight: Eclipse' Helmer David Slade To Direct Pilot For 'R.E.M.'



With the stigma of working in TV long since eroded, it seems that there's no big-screen producer, director or writer these days without a TV series or two on the go; only yesterday saw James Mangold and Philip Noyce join big names like Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann and Bryan Singer as helmers who've taken charge of TV pilots in recent memory. Now more news of big-name above-the-line talent who are moving forward on new telly shows, both of which could see themselves turning up on our DVR if they move forward.

Firstly, and possibly most excitingly, is the word from Deadline that CBS has ordered a pilot for "Person Of Interest," the previously announced TV project that marks a collaboration between "Star Trek" and "Super 8" producer-director J.J. Abrams, and Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher and co-writer of "The Prestige" and "The Dark Knight." The show was initially announced back in September, but CBS has greenlit a pilot, and the premise of the show has been revealed: it involves a CIA agent recruited by a billionaire to wage a vigilante war on New York criminals.

Abrams is obviously a TV veteran, being behind "Felicity," "Lost" and "Fringe" in the past (he's also got a new show, "Alcatraz," that's gone to pilot at Fox), but this marks Nolan's TV debut, and indeed his first produced project away from his brother (although he's got the Chicago Fire-set romance "Hell and Gone" set up at Warner Bros, with "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" director J Blakeson set to helm). The premise doesn't sound fiercely original, exactly, but with Abrams and Nolan on board, we're sure it'll be more interesting than it sounds -- indeed, EW report a slightly different premise; that the CIA agent teams with a scientist to prevent crimes before they happen. "Minority Report": The series? That sounds more like Nolan and Abrams' speed. Should the pilot prove a hit, it'll likely be added to CBS' fall schedule.

Secondly, David Slade, the director of "30 Days of Night" and "Twilight: Eclipse," has, according to Variety, signed on to helm the pilot for "R.E.M," a show at NBC created by Kyle Killen, writer of both Jodie Foster's upcoming "The Beaver," and the widely praised, but abruptly canceled Fox series "Lone Star." As the title suggests, the series will star Michael Stipe as a past-his-prime indie rocker who travels the country, solving mysteries. Wait, that can't be right.

Actually, the show, which has already drawn comparisons to "Inception," follows a detective who lives across two realities, and must solve cases using clues from both. It's certainly an intriguing premise, and hopefully the script from the widely-tipped Killen will give Slade more substance, to match his undeniable visual sense, than he's had in recent work. As yet, there's no news on casting for either project, but we're sure it'll follow shortly.

This article is related to: David Slade, Jonathan Nolan


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates