If a movie based on the former CBS series and continuing cult fan favorite "Jericho" were to be made, second season actor Esai Morales said he wants to be a part of it.
Morales, the new star of the Syfy series "Caprica," said he learned about reports of a "Jericho" movie today during San Diego Comic-Con, but hadn't been approached about it quite yet.
"I loved 'Jericho' and really had a good time on it," Morales told Airlock Alpha and a small group of other reporters during a press roundtable following his Comic-Con panel appearance. "If it weren't canceled, I wouldn't have this gig. I haven't been approached, but I would love to" do it.
Executive Producer Jon Turtletaub told IF Magazine in January that he was working on a possible full-length feature film based on the series, that was canceled last year after two seasons. CBS had originally canceled "Jericho" after its first season, but an extensive campaign that came on the twilight of the Writers Guild of America strike involving peanuts and the like, made a difference and convinced CBS to give it a second shot.
However, the shortened second season didn't resonate beyond its core fan base, and the network pulled the plug just before the series finale.
"It would not require you to have seen the TV show, but it gets into life after an event like this on a national scale," Turtletaub told the magazine at the time. "It would be the bigger, full-on American version of what's going on beyond the town in Jericho."
There is no word on if a studio is attached to the film, or in what stage of pre-production its in.
Morales said he has a fondness for Maj. Edward Beck.
"It's a great character, so military [and] a noble soul," he said, adding that while he likes to play Latino characters, sometimes its great to be able to take on roles that are beyond that, and not always have to portray someone whose last name ends with a "Z" or "O."
"I like the fact that my character did not have a Latin name, and was not Latin for all intents and purposes," Morales said. "He was military first. And I was just grateful that I got to play Maj. Beck."
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