Jon Favreau spoke with Associated Press about Revolution at this year’s 2012 Upfronts where Revolution was presented. Watch the 2 minute video at the link below and check out some pictures from last month’s event:
In addition to featuring panels and screenings of fan favorites such as Fringe, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and The Big Bang Theory, WB will also showcase some of its most anticipated new series including Arrow, Revolution and The Following.
Series stars and creative teams scheduled to attend are subject to change, but check out the anticipated schedule below.
Saturday, July 14: TV Series Schedule
Revolution: Stars Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito and Tracy Spiridakos will join creator/executive producer Eric Kripke and director/co-executive producer Jon Favreau.
The Revolution panel will be held in Room 6BCF.
Coming from the impressive trio of Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek, etc., etc.) and director Jon Favreau (Iron Man), NBC’s upcoming series Revolution has quite a pedigree.
The series takes place fifteen years after all electronics instantly stopped working in the world, with no explanation (yet!) for how or why it happened. Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human) stars as Charlie, a teenage girl trying to rescue her brother, after he’s taken by the leader of a local militia (Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito). Needing help, Charlie goes to find her uncle, Miles (Billy Burke), a man she’s never met – but one whose skills can certainly be of use to her.
I spoke to both Burke and Spiridakos recently, at NBC’s Upfront, and both actors were very enthusiastic about Nbc Revolution. Said Burke, “I just saw it the other day, and I kind of can’t believe I got lucky enough to be on this show.”
USA TODAY’s Robert Bianco offers an early rundown of what, for now, seem to be the networks’ most promising and puzzling choices.
If you want to see signs of improvement at NBC, you look to two nights. On Tuesday, the network has two sitcoms —Go On starring Matthew Perry and The New Normal from Glee’s Ryan Murphy — that look like they might be funnier than NBC’s norm. And on Monday, it has Revolution, a sci-fi action drama from J.J. Abrams about an America in chaos 15 years after all electric devices cease to function. The opening offers the kind of “wow” visual impact we’ve come to expect from Abrams, and the rest of the pilot looks to have enough bow-and-arrow action to please the most dedicated fans of The Hunger Games— an audience the show seems designed to capture.
Every week brother and sister team Bob and Debbie take on a new topic. We watched the pilot for NBC’s ‘Revolution’, premiering this fall, and boy, do we have a lot to say about the JJ Abrams / Eric Kripke collaboration.
I was really excited for NBC’s Revolution, mostly because Eric Kripke is the writer. As the creator and showrunner of Supernatural for its first five seasons, the guy literally did no wrong; he’s brilliant and I’d follow him anywhere. However, I think he made the mistake of getting into bed with JJ Abrams; The Revolution pilot has his stink all over it.
Before you jump down my throat, it’s not that everything Abrams has done is bad. On the contrary, Alias was probably one of my favorite shows. But he always lets me down. He can’t sustain the goodness. The last seasons of his shows always reek of carelessness. The opposite is true of Kripke. Every second of his envisioned five seasons of Supernatural were stellar, all leading up to the perfect end game. I’m hoping they balance each other out nicely. But back to the stink …
Revolution nicely laid the foundations of conspiracy, intrigue, mysterious science fiction / supernatural elements, possibly complex characters that you may or may not be able to trust. It’s got a strong cast. It’s also got the bumbling equivalent of Hurley, which is not Kripke’s style for comic relief, it’s Abrams’. There are also enough Lost-like elements (and all of the Lost clones, like Flash Forward and The Event) to leave me wary, afraid that the viewer will be dicked around and the foundation that was so nicely laid will get convoluted and reveal nothing. I guess I just have trust issues with JJ Abrams.
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Check out the latest Revolution Promotional piece. What do you think?
Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future. From director Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) and the fertile imaginations of J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Person of Interest”) and Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”), comes a surprising “what if” action-adventure series, where an unlikely hero will lead the world out of the dark. Literally. The series stars Billy Burke (“The Twilight Saga”), Tracy Spiridakos (“Being Human”), Anna Lise Phillips (“Terra Nova”), Zak Orth (“Romeo + Juliet“), Graham Rogers (“Memphis Beat”), J.D. Pardo (“A Cinderella Story”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”), David Lyons (“The Cape”), Maria Howell (“The Blind Side”), Tim Guinee (“Iron Man”) and Andrea Roth (“Rescue Me”). Kripke, Abrams, Favreau and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) serve as executive producers. “Revolution” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.
It is that time where people get a chance to watch Pilot Screeners for the newest shows on various networks. GeekFurious got a glimpse at the pilot screener for “Revolution,” and here is what he had to say:
WALKING DEAD meets LOST minus the zombies and island. It feels epic. Great acting, music, pacing, writing, cinematography, story and whatever else goes into making a show awesome. Unlike some pilots where you are left thinking “this could be good once they get comfortable telling the story” this one feels excellent from beginning to end. J.J. Abrams (LOST, FRINGE) and Eric Kripke (SUPERNATURAL) may just have created the next big thing. Please, TV gods, let this be successful. 98.4 out of 100
One of my favorite things about the pilot episode is that it quickly thrusts unlikely characters into the starring roles. I was actually surprised by how effective that part was and how quickly I was invested in their story. Also, and I can’t stress this enough, casting is sooooooo important and they more or less nailed it (you could nitpick about one or two actors if you like).
Not to mention that I couldn’t really pick apart any performance as being anything but good to excellent.
In Revolution, electricity no longer exists after having disappeared from the world 15 years ago. The show, from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, then tells the story of what happens next. According to director Jon Favreau, who helmed the pilot, it’s not all bad.
“From my perspective, it’s about the characters and the families — how they’ve had to adjust. What’s scary about [the world] and what’s positive about it,” he says. “The world in some ways has gotten more innocent. It’s a simpler time, and one could argue that people are closer together.”
But it’s not all peace and iProduct-free love. “There are dark characters and there’s a lot of danger in that world because you don’t have governments and you have armys. You have militias popping up and you have clans fighting,” he says. And that embattled, “Game of Thrones-style” theme, with a modern backdrop, is what attracted him to the project. Well, that and the swordplay. “I’m a big fan of swords in film, so it was a chance to work with sword choreography,” he says with a smile. “Without modern technology, modern weaponry starts to disappear after 15 years. Modern gun powder. A couple of people have been able to hoard more modern weapons, but without electricity, it’s hard to manufacture that high-grade, high-tech product. So we’re getting back to handmade things. So a lot of swords, black powder weapons, Kentucky rifles, and a couple of very powerful people have been able to accumulate weapons from our times.”