| Proyas makes 'Riverworld' journey to TV
Acclaimed film director Alex Proyas, whose features include "The Crow"
and "Dark City," is making his first foray into television with a new
Alliance Atlantis Entertainment series based on the best-selling "Riverworld"
sci-fi books. Proyas will executive produce the one-hour action series in
He also will direct some of the episodes, including the pilot. Alliance Atlantis
Entertainment executive vp John Morayniss will announce today that the company
has inked an exclusive television development and production deal with Phillip
Jose Farmer, author of the "Riverworld" books. The series will be
filmed in Proyas' native Australia.
Morayniss said Alliance Atlantis will meet with potential international partners
on the series during the upcoming MIPCOM TV market in Cannes from Oct. 2-6.
"Riverworld" is a "mysterious and treacherous land, where every
human who died between the years 99000 B.C. and 2200 A.D. has been resurrected
on the banks of a colossal river," according to an Alliance Atlantis
statement. A team of people band together as they try to unravel how and why
they've arrived in the strange place.
|Riverworld TV Series
Alex Proyas has been the force behind the coming Riverworld TV series, based on
the books by Philip Jose Farmer, and he's talking, briefly, about its current
status. While talking to SFX Online, Proyas revealed the current status of the
project, saying, "A guy called Stuart Hazeldine, who is a British writer
I've been working with recently, is about to start writing the pilot, and we're
hoping that we'll be shooting this next year sometime in Australia. I'll be
doing the pilot episode and occasionally stepping in to do an episode now and
Journey to Riverworld
Submitted by Mary_Beth, 09:41:17
Move over James Cameron. You're not the only director of dark, disturbing
sci-fi films who can tackle the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter
revealed this week that Alex Proyas, director of The Crow and Dark
City, is going to journey to the world of TV -- the Riverworld, to be
exact. He's signed with Alliance Atlantis Entertainment to executive produce a
series based on the best-selling sci-fi book series of the same name. Proyas
will also direct some of the episodes, including the pilot.
The books, by Phillip Jose Farmer, are set in a "mysterious and
treacherous land, where every human who died between the years 99000 B.C. and
2200 A.D. has been resurrected on the banks of a colossal river." One group
of these people band together to "unravel how and why they've arrived in
the strange place." These books are some of the most imaginative in the
sci-fi and fantasy genres, and Proyas could have just the right artistic
sensibilities to bring them alive. The series will be filming in Australia, and
will, according to Proyas, feature elements from all of the books in the series
blended together. The main focus will be on the challenges the core group of
characters face while on "an epic voyage up the river."