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

Nov. 07, 2011 | 7:02 p.m.
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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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11 Responses to ‘Revolution’: J.J. Abrams on Eric Kripke’s ‘undeniably good’ pilot

  1. Kitty says:

    As a big fan of Supernatural, I will definitely be tuning into Revolution.
    "…he also is deeply concerned about character, back story, the emotional lives of the people he’s writing. It’s something I really appreciate." This is also something I really appreciate about Kripke's storytelling. It's what makes Supernatural compelling. The same basic story without the deep concern for the emotional lives of the characters (aka Grimm) feels flat and superficial to me.

  2. Haleh says:

    As a huge fan of "Supernatural" I'm so looking forward to see this new series. I really trust Kripke's writing skill. I wasn't a big fan of "Lost" but I really liked the first 3 seasons. I think J.J.A's & Kripke's collaboration will likely be great!

  3. rabid fangirl says:

    This is quite possibly the most exciting thing I've heard about in ages. These two guys together may just make my television explode with the sheer awesome. Now cast Misha Collins and Greg Grunberg and make my life complete. :D

  4. Lisa says:

    i am going to be a fan! i can feel it!! Anything written by Kripke has to be very entertaining and compelling! i have been compelled by "Supernatural" since 05' when the pilot came out! I just had to find out what the brothers were doing every week! When Jessica died like their Mom, well I had to feel so matronly for them! Dang i can't wait to watch Revolution!! The collaborating of these two very talented producer and writer guys has me very intrigued! God bless you guys!

  5. Gandal47 says:

    So, what IS the premise? I generally like Abrams' stuff, but everything he has done hasn't been great. Just because you have a track record of some good stuff, it doesn't mean all your work will be stellar. If I knew the premise, or outline of the description of what "Revolution" is about, I would better be able to measure whether or not I am excited. The really, really good shows are few and far between, so just taking producers and writers who have been successful with other projects doesn't guarantee a success. More info, please.

  6. xAJ says:

    So excited for this! Lost and Supernatural are my top favorite shows of all time, so it's very exciting to see these two working together!

  7. Mia says:

    Funny. I used to be obsessed with Lost but I stopped watching after season 3 because of the love triangle of doom. Got hooked on Supernatural mainly because there is no romance crap in the story, just bromance and family love. Never stopped watching since.
    Revolution sounds promising just because it's written by Kripke and produced by Abrams. Now if they can get Jensen Ackles to star in it I'll be a happy camper. But please, no love triangles.

  8. mary says:

    This would be a great way for Jensen Ackles to break out of the CW. He's worked with Kripke, who loves his acting and wrote a lot of Dean Winchester's best episodes. Can we start a campaign? Supernatural is on it's last legs after all.

  9. Karina G says:

    I wouldn't watch without Jared. I hope this takes off so when SPN finishes they can nab Padalecki, the man makes me happy. He's so talented and hot it's ridiculous.

  10. Serbella says:

    This post may never see the light of day, but that’s all right. I’m entitled to my opinion, even if it is in the minority. I don’t trust Kripke anymore. He and Gamble and Ben Edlund totally wrecked Supernatural with that godawful angel arc. I would love to see Jensen Ackles in this new show; that’s the only way I’d watch it. Otherwise, no. The writing on this series would have to be phenomenal for Kripke to gain my trust again. Supernatural has gotten embarrassing to watch. Ackles, Padalecki, Beaver and even Misha Collins deserved better writing, and they didn’t get it.

  11. Denis T. says:

    First of all, I want to say is that I hope that supernatural will never end. I really love the show and so do many other people also. With that said Eric kripke is a good writter, he has written many a good episodes. His story line is like a REALLY good novel. Everything ties in together, from what happened in the beginning to what’s happening in the end. Now J J Abrams he did do some good producing but not all his work is good. Just look at super 8. It had more dislike then likes. With all that said I would give the show a try just to see what kind of storyline it has.

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