I was looking at some upcoming TV shows and I found what could potentially be the best sci-fi prospect on TV. Falling Skies, created by Stephen Spielberg himself and written by Robert Rodat, who wrote Saving Private Ryan.
Originally Posted by Scificool.com
“Falling Skies” is scheduled to premiere sometime in mid-2011 on TNT, and will star Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood as the leads, and co-star Jessy Schram, Seychelle Gabriel and Maxim Knight, with Steven Spielberg producing.
The pilot is from Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan”), and will follow human resistance fighters led by Wylie as they hide out int he mountains and strike back at the invaders in the aftermath of a successful alien invasion that nearly wipes out the human population.
It sounds excellent, and has had a few test screenings in the US and so far people have responded very well to it. A review of the test footage is below for those interested.
Also some interesting info about the aliens, which are called Skidders.
Originally Posted by Fallingskiesproboards
Aliens: How do they look?
The aliens, called “skidders,” are “very scary and very creepy” and have difficulty tracking humans when those humans congregate in numbers of less than 200.
They are awesome, terrifying, especially seen from close. "If they are standing on two of their legs, they'd be of man size". Bloodgood adds that the aliens look really unique and terrifying, and they're sort of a mixture of CG and practical effects. "I think they're frightening. They did a really good job. You never know with TV CGI what it's going to be. You can't just pull out your staple alien creature, you really have to scare people."
Why are they here? What do they want?
For mysterious reasons, the extraterrestrials have been capturing a number of human adolescents.
And “Don’t expect an answer in the pilot but you can be very sure that there’s actually a meaning [to the invasion]. What they’re doing is very strange.”
The producers "have a really clear idea of why the aliens are here, what they want"... "The fanbase that's here won't be disappointed, and won't find moments of implausibility". The questions are gonna get answers.
The aliens and the spaceships are gonna look great...
In the trailer we see footage of a flying saucer coming and blowing up some houses.
How can you kill them?
The only way to kill them is to be "extremely close" to them.
How can you avoid them?
“The aliens have the ability to target large groups of people… so large groups of 1,000 and 2,000 have been targeted for decimation. The idea of the pilot is we’ll split up into groups of 300 civilians and 100 fighters, and each of these units will take off in a different direction. We meet up later on to form some scale of larger resistance.”
Not just the aliens are evil….
“There are some people who are taking advantage of the situation. They love the chaos. It’s not just fighting against the aliens; it’s fighting against everyone.”
Sounds like its gonna be a hell of a show. I can't wait, there may be a trailer surfacing soon and once I find it ill have it up.