Production on Starz’s military science-fiction show “Incursion” has slowed, but the project is “very much alive,” according to Chris Albrecht, the network’s CEO.
Albrecht addressed the fate of “Incursion” while promoting the Michael Bay-produced pirate series “Black Sails,” which premieres in January and has already earned a second season.
“There’s been a lot of pre-production that’s been done,” Albrecht said. “[But] we’ve realized just how challenging this is just from a production standpoint. The description of ‘Band of Brothers’ meets ‘Halo’ is really apt and comes with all the necessary command of resources that would need to be applied against it.
“It is in a slow pause just because we can’t go forward on a pilot that would not be affordable. We need to do a lot more work in the pilot phase.”
“Incursion” was created by Steven DeKnight (“Spartacus”) and was first announced at Comic-Con International last year.
Starz describes the show as “an epic science fiction action-thriller that follows a squad of soldiers caught in a war against a hostile alien race. Each season the battle will be fought on a new, exotic planet as humanity punches deeper into enemy territory. Grittily realistic combat, darkly complex characters and intrigue on a cosmic scale will permeate the tale of fighting men and women facing the pressures of war and an enemy unlike any ever seen.”
DeKnight has cited works like “Aliens,” “Halo,” “Band of Brothers” and “Black Hawk Down” as major influences on the project.
Despite the fact that enough scripts have been written to fill an entire first season, Starz has not yet given the series the green light. DeKnight has previously expressed a desire to use real world locations to shoot the alien planets in each season. This is likely a major contributing factor to the network’s budgetary concerns.
Regardless, Albrecht said Starz is looking forward to another “long, successful partnership” with DeKnight after his four season run on “Spartacus,” one of its biggest television projects ever.
“Incursion” could premiere in late 2014 or early 2015, if Starz green-lights it soon.