It’s pilot season, where networks have picked the scripts they like the best – or feels fits into the kind of season they want to deliver this fall – and ask producers and writers to make it something they can watch.
GeekNation’s continuing look at the pilots in this round include movie remakes, television remakes, and even something for CBS from one of its former evening news anchors.
What will make it to series? We’ll find out this spring.
Behind Enemy Lines (Fox)
It’s good to know that some production companies aren’t afraid to give their pilot chances a boost by attaching a big-name director.
And that’s exactly what Behind Enemy Lines did in hiring McG of 2000’s Charlie’s Angels and 2009’s Terminator: Salvation to helm the pilot.
And it’s not the first time McG has done this. He also led the pilot for NBC’s hit series Chuck, setting the pace and tone that would help make that show a success.
The pilot, which will get a rewrite from Revenge‘s Nikki Toscano, is loosely based on the 2001 film that starred Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson, and which grossed $58.9 million at the box office.
Dynasty (The CW)
It was one of the ultimate prime-time soap operas of the 1980s, and The CW wants to bring it back.
The network has ordered a pilot for Dynasty from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, best known for their work on shows like Gossip Girl, Chuck and The O.C.
The Rolls Royce of all prime-time soaps returns in a modernized reboot that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.
In an age where dynasties appear everywhere – from reality television to the polling booths – this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal and, in some cases, murder.
The original Dynasty aired on ABC between 1981 and 1989. It was created by Esther Shapiro and Richard Alan Shapiro, who were never really ever able to match their previous success. The two have returned to this pilot as producers that will feature two women at odds: Fallon Carrington, the daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her soon-to-be stepmother Cristal.