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Jon Favreau on ‘Revolution’ And His Marvel Legacy

jon favreau 225x300 Jon Favreau on Revolution And His Marvel LegacyCraveOnline: We’ve seen Giancarlo Esposito be an amazing villain on “Breaking Bad.” How did you want him to be a different kind of villain on “Revolution?”

Jon Favreau: If I’m not mistaken, he’s the first guy we set. It was not written for him. It was a physically completely different dude, but as soon as we brought up his name we jumped in and said, “It’s got to be him.”

Not only is he an amazing actor, not only has he done great unexpected choices in the work he’s done and have a tremendous range, especially in the Spike Lee stuff he’s done, all the way to this point in his career. He’s just a hell of a dude. I don’t know if you get a sense of it from interviewing him, he’s the most game, excited, collaborative guy you’ll ever meet.

He’s, to me, in many ways the heart and soul of the show as far as he brings a certain amount of dignity and experience to it but a definite enthusiasm. As you say locker room leadership, he’s definitely a player/coach/team captain. Between him and Billy Burke, who is also a veteran, all these young actors have these great guys with great habits to look up to. As a filmmaker, that’s what you want. That’s as important as talent.

CraveOnline: Whose idea was Wrigley field as overgrown and decaying?

Jon Favreau: We had been looking at different landmarks together from Chicago and that really jumped out as the one that felt the most human, but also seemed to represent society and history. As we were developing a look for the pilot, we kept looking at photos of Angkor Wat and looking at what it looked like when a society used to exist but then nature slowly took it back over, because we didn’t want this to be a dystopic view of the future, especially because it’s told through the lens of two different generations.

You have the people who were there before the lights went out 15 years ago, and then you have the new generation that never knew the old ways. So while people are struggling to hold onto shreds of the old society and struggling to get the lights back on and figure out the solutions to the mystery, there’s Charlie’s generation, who see this almost as a pastoral, simple place that they grew up. This is the only world they know.

And we wanted to show a lot of the show through their eyes so it didn’t feel like The Road orMad Max, but instead felt like this wonderland.  When I first heard that Eric was saying one of his inspiration was Lord of the Rings, I didn’t really understand, reading it. Then as I saw the sword fights and the simpler times and the more brutal times in certain ways, but it presents itself as a moment where you had to stick together. The good people stuck with the good people.

The people who were trying to create society and keep chaos from asserting itself had to struggle and sacrifice a great deal. And that’s the heroic, aspirational quality to this that I think the visuals reinforce by making it something where you’re entering into another world. And I know when I watch TV, I want to be transformed and transported when I sit down and watch, not just by the characters that I grow to love over the hours of watching and seasons of watching, but also the world that it plants me into. So the look and the aesthetic of this is just as much of a character as the people that are saying the words.

CraveOnline: Were either Logan’s Run or Planet of the Apes an influence?

Jon Favreau:
 When they got outside into the Sanctuary, we definitely did discuss that as a point of reference because if you remember, I’m remembering through the lens of my childhood of having seen it, I haven’t seen Logan’s Run recently, but it definitely hit me at a time when I was impressionable, especially Farrah Fawcett as the lovely plastic surgeon’s assistant.

But I remember that once they got outside of the tech zone, everything was overgrown, and there was that sense of, like, a rainforest had reclaimed an ancient society. And the place that everybody was so scared of turned out to be a bit of a paradise. That analogy certainly rang true for what we were looking to present here, which is to turn things on their ear a little bit and go against expectation and make the show very simple.

And actually, the name “Revolution,” it’s not really meant to stand in for what’s going on today, but it’s meant to replay aspects of our history from when we were going from colonial times, living under oppressive monarchies and then becoming a republic. And that was what was exciting for me, is it was a way to tell aspects of our history to a new generation who is a little bit more plugged into, if you look at all the young‑adult novels and what’s in the zeitgeist, there’s definitely a sense of the young generation coming and persevering against people who serve as allegories for how they might feel powerless as young people in the world.

You see, in a lot of the young‑adult novels, you’re dealing with other worlds where the young generation is very important and being a front line of a deep struggle, much like when we grew up with Star Wars. And so it’s an empowering story. Planet of the Apes was also a bit of a reference, but Planet of the Apes, there’s this sense of darkness and doom to it that we definitely didn’t feel was part of our DNA, although you can’t get away from the visuals of it. It’s seared into all of our subconscious from having grown up with the original film.

I think all of it enters into it, and we’re hoping to present a new metaphor that hopefully is exciting for people who have grown up with that, but also a younger generation that sees this fantasy world where you can make a deference.  And that’s really what it’s about.

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How Jon Favreau Teamed Up with J.J. Abrams for ‘Revolution’

Jon Favreau directed the pilot for Monday’s premiere of NBC’s “Revolution” (10 p.m.), a job that came about after the actor/director/producer struck up a friendship with J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” the new “Star Trek” movie series), whose company, Bad Robot, produces “Revolution” with Warner Bros. Television.

jon favreau jj abrams 300x214 How Jon Favreau Teamed Up with J.J. Abrams for RevolutionFavreau first met the TV auteur when Abrams was a guest star on Favreau’s 2001-05 IFC cable series “Dinner for Five,” where Favreau would swap stories with celebrities and filmmakers.

“I bought him a cup of coffee when I got the gig to direct ‘Iron Man,’” Favreau said. “He’d just done ‘Mission: Impossible III,’ so we talked about visual effects and technical stuff. He and I have both called each other. I wasn’t available last time he called, but this time he said, ‘["Revolution" creator] Eric [Kripke] is one of us, you’ve got to meet him.’ After that, it came together pretty easily.”

Favreau joined “Revolution” when it was in pre-production for a three-week pilot shoot in Atlanta. The series, now filming subsequent episodes in Wilmington, follows a young woman (Tracy Spiridakos) as she attempts to rescue her brother from a militia while solving the mystery of why all electronics ceased to work 15 years earlier.

“It was a fairly short process compared to making a Marvel super hero movie,” said Favreau, who directed the first two “Iron Man” films and acted this summer in “Iron Man 3,” which began filming May 23 at Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gems Studios. It’s a coincidence that both “Revolution” and “Iron Man 3″ are produced locally, Favreau said.

While “Iron Man 3″ production has been delayed for about a month after star Robert Downey Jr. injured his ankle on set, secondary stunt film crews recently finished a stint filming at the Port of Wilmington.

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5 Comic-Con revelations about NBC’s J.J. Abrams-produced ‘Revolution’

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Jon Favreau introducing ‘Revolution’ panel at Comic Con – July 14, 2012

SAN DIEGO – NBC’s new fall drama “Revolution” explores what life would be like if all the power suddenly went off for good. And at the Comic-Con pilot preview and panel for the show, it seemed as though life might imitate art. For a solid minute or two after the pilot ended the house lights refused to come on, even as a Warner Bros. TV representative was attempting to introduce the panel.

It wasn’t planned, but it felt like the perfect way to make the audience feel like they were in the world of “Revolution,” at least briefly.

That delay caused the panel to be even more rushed than usual, and even though cast members Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiridakos and JD Pardo were all on stage, it was executive producer Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”) who fielded most of the questions from moderator Michael Schneider of TV Guide magazine.

[Also of note, but not really touched on at the panel: The pilot screened at Comic-Con was the original version before co-star Andrea Roth was replaced by "Lost's" Elizabeth Mitchell and certain scenes were (or will be) reshot. And it's executive produced by J.J. Abrams, but unless I dozed off at the wrong moment, his name wasn't mentioned once.]

Here are the highlights:

1) “Revolution” won’t set up mysteries without knowing where they’re going

“I can promise you we have the answers,” Kripke vowed. “The mythology will move forward at an aggressive pace. We’ll answer questions and ask new ones. It’ll be a fun, rollicking show.”

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Jon Favreau Speaks Revolution at NBC Upfronts (Video & Pictures)

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:

Video: Jon Favreau Jumps Into TV with Revolution

Revolution Stars Billy Burke and Tracy Spiridakos Talk About Abrams, Kripke and Favreau

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.

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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.”

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Jon Favreau Talks About Weapons in “Revolution”

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.”