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November 07, 2011

‘Revolution’: J.J. Abrams on Eric Kripke’s ‘undeniably good’ pilot

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J.J. Abrams, left, is producing Eric Kripke's new television pilot "Revolution," though details are largely being kept secret. (Dan Steinberg /Associated Press; Alexandra Wyman / WireImage)

J.J. Abrams’ “Lost” and Eric Kripke’s “Supernatural” were once competitors on Thursday night prime time. Now the geek gurus behind the popular series are joining forces for a new show, “Revolution.” Written by Kripke, the “Revolution” pilot is being produced by Abrams’ company, Bad Robot, and likely will begin shooting in early spring with Kripke and Abrams serving as executive producers, along with Bryan Burk. Perhaps not surprisingly, the secretive Abrams is staying tight-lipped about the concept of “Revolution” (all we know is it’s an “epic adventure thriller”), but he opened up about working with the creator of “Supernatural” when Hero Complex’s Emily Rome caught up with him backstage at the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards.

E.R.: What made you interested in collaborating with Kripke?

J.J.A.: I’ve been a fan of “Supernatural.” I like him a lot. He’s a really good guy, and he came to us with an idea that was undeniably good. It was such a great premise for a series that it was just that feeling of the misery that you’d feel if you had a chance to be part of that and didn’t take advantage of it. I’m really looking forward to that show. He’s so obviously the real deal, and we’re just really lucky and honored that he wanted to collaborate with us on it.

E.R.: Shows like “Supernatural” and “Lost” have very devoted fans. What do you think about the potential to bring those two groups together with this show?

J.J.A.: I think [“Revolution”] needs to be as good as the premise promises, and if we do that, I’m confident that we will find an audience. I don’t think that you can ever rely on an audience that happened to like “Lost” or happened to like “Supernatural.” I would be thrilled if those audiences found this show too, but right now instead of thinking about who the audience is, we’re just trying to figure out the best possible way to produce the pilot, make it as good as it can be. A happy byproduct of just thinking about how to tell the story the best way possible is that you get a shot at an audience, and I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll have a substantial one.

E.R.: What about Kripke’s writing captivated you?

J.J.A.: What I love about his writing is it’s alive, it’s visual. He writes things that become images in your mind as you’re reading it, but he also is deeply concerned about character, back story, the emotional lives of the people he’s writing. It’s something I really appreciate. Again, I look forward to working with him in any capacity. Being a producer on his show is something I’m thrilled to do. And offer any suggestions. Though he certainly doesn’t need my suggestions to make a great show.

– Emily Rome


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