FOX TV Studios recently made a pact with Canada’s CTV, Germany’s ProSieben and BBC for a new 13-episode adventure drama series which will cast Standoff
star Ron Livingston
as the central character. Titled Defying Gravity
, which comes from creator and executive producer James Parriott, who previously worked on Grey’s Anatomy
and executive producer Michael Edelstein who also worked for Desperate Housewives
The new series is set in the future and revolves around eight astronauts from five countries who embark on a six-year-long mission throughout the solar system.
Aside from the former Standoff star, Defying Gravity
has also cast German actress Florentine Lahme to be part of the upcoming series, which is a co-venture between FtvS and Vancouver-based Omni Film Prods. Brian Hamilton and Michael Chechik will also serve as executive producers for the show. David Straiton, on the other hand, has signed on to be the director for the first episode of the series, which begins production on January 19 in Vancouver.
is the third independently produced FtvS series to launch its production with international partners. Other series which have followed the same path are Mental
, which is a joint venture between FtvS and FOX International Channels and Persons Unknown
, which is a deal between FtvS and Televisa and Italy's RAI. Mental
is currently shooting in Bogota, Columbia while Persons Unknown
is onsite in Mexico City.
"We got three out of three going to 13 episodes," FtvS chief Emiliano Calemzuk said in talking about Defying Gravity
. "It's a batting average that the traditional producing model doesn't get to see very often."
Edelstein admits that he was moved by the BBC docu-drama, Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets
, which follows an international crew of astronauts on a trip through space. He later on conceptualized Defying Gravity
and took the idea to Parriott, a sci-fi enthusiast who worked on the original Bionic Woman
and The Incredible Hulk
"Throw in a little bit of Grey's
and you have a pretty good international TV show," he commented. Defying Gravity
starts production early next year.
-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Hollywood Reporter
, TV Guide
(Photo courtesy of FOX)