J.J. Abrams may be busy with a lot of projects right now (Star Trek, that Cloverfield thing, Lost), but that won’t stop him from bringing yet another TV series to FOX. The Bad Robot head honcho’s latest creation is a supernatural TV show called “Fringe”, which according to Variety, will “mixes elements of “The X-Files” and Paddy Chayefsky’s “Altered States” with what Abrams calls “a slight ‘Twilight Zone’ vibe.” Whatever that means. I’m guessing it’ll just be freaky and whatnot. The project is the braindchild of Abrams and his Star Trek 11 writers, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Hollywood’s newest “It” screenwriting duo, with everything from Trek 11 to the Transformers sequel on their plate.
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“Fringe” mixes elements of “The X-Files” and Paddy Chayefsky’s “Altered States” with what Abrams calls “a slight ‘Twilight Zone’ vibe.” It will focus on brilliant but possibly crazy research scientist Walter Bishop, his estranged son and a female FBI agent who brings them together.
Episodes will explore self-contained mysteries of the paranormal, as well as the relationships between the three leads.
“So much of the story is relatable people in extraordinary situations,” Abrams said. “The show is definitely a nod to ‘Altered States’ and ‘Scanners’ and that whole Michael Crichton/Robin Cook world of medicine and science.”
FOX has such high hopes for the show that they’ve already given Abrams and company a cool $10 million to make the pilot. That seems awfully high to me, but hey, it’s their money.
According to Variety, Abrams’ “Fringe” is one of three shows that are going the “X-Files” route. Uber pruducer Jerry Bruckheimer has “The 11th Hour” at CBS, while movie screenwriter Zak Penn has “Section 8,” about a team of investigators with mental abnormalities, at ABC.