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Christian Slater As Jekyll & Hyde-ish Superspy??

Merrick here...
NBC is said to bee close to ordering episodes of a new (so far untitled) series starring Christian Slater. The show is from Jason Smilovic (an Executive Producer on KIDNAPPED and BIONIC WOMAN). This project was originally developed as a feature film. The series... described as "The Bourne Identity" meets "Jekyll & Hyde" and centers on a mild-mannered suburban dad (Slater) who learns that his alter ego is a spy.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter. Not only is NBC actively drifting away from the notion of traditional television seasons (i.e. they'll be rolling out shows year-round), they're also saying "go" to series without a pilot. The new Slater series looks like it'll exemplify this new policy. Interesting changes.

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  • March 14, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by BigAssFan

    I love 80-90's movie actor has-beens on television!

  • March 14, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    what the hell...why not roll out a second season

    by just pillow talk

    of JourneyMan then. Fuckers.

  • March 14, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    This year's "Little Ms. Chuck"...

    by Bill Brasky

    "Here's to Bill Brasky!!!"

  • March 14, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    So Slater is the next ex-movie star with his own TV-show?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Why not. I just wish somebody would give Kurt Russell his own series.

  • March 14, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Hey, the CIA Gotta Eat!

    by Bill Brasky

    or is that NSA???? Cause we all know that NSA agents run around with guns....

  • March 14, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I Liked It Better When It Was Called....

    by Bill Brasky

    The Long Kiss Goodnight. Geena Davis....mmmmmmmmm......52 years old. A fucking Grand-MILF. Could you imagine hitting that back when she was in Tootsie? Yeah, Geena Davis much hotter than Christian Slater.

  • March 14, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Sounds cool to me.

    by DKT

    Hopefully, the show's good. If so, it will be nice to see Arkansas Dave working on a more regular basis. Much better than shit like Mindhunters. And the Jekyll and Hyde spy angle sounds interesting...

  • March 14, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Wasn't This Called True Lies in the 90s?

    by bobinnova

    Christian Slater as Aw-nold? I really don't think so. If the TV studios are turning Schwarzenegger movies into televison series (e.g. Sarah Conner Chronicles), how soon before "The Running Man" and "Total Recall" be turned into weekly series. Damn, I want a reality Running Man series.

  • March 14, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I feel like I've seen it before

    by INWOsuxRED

    Is AMC the only channel interested in making shows that I don't go into feeling like I've seen them before?

  • March 14, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Running Man Reality Series!!!!!!!!!

    by Bill Brasky

    The ultimate audience-interactive show....The PC Police would have a field-day if anyone but rich white guys were hunted, but who gives a fuck? Now that's a good way to fix the prison crowding problem! And fight sleazy corporate assholes at the same time. Catch people doing fucked-up shit and they go on Running Man!!!! With Ahhnold as the host, of course. "C'mon, do it!!! Do it now!!! What Ahh You Waiting Foah?!?!"

  • March 14, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by ironic_name

  • March 14, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Missing the point

    by Don Lockwood

    I think a few of you are maybe missing the point. I don't think the character KNOWS about his alter ego initially. Thus the Jekyll and Hide reference. Kinda like that comic they had for a while called SpyBoy. He was programmed to turn into this spy that his main identity knew nothing about and then something happens that connects the two and suddenly he's aware that there's a whole other life that he's been leading.

  • March 14, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Not True Lies - I think he doesn't know his alter ego

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    he's not keeping it a secret, it sounds like he's unaware or at least not in control of, this ater ego

  • March 14, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Smilovic's Lucky Number Slevin was surprisingly good

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

  • March 14, 2008, noon CST

    Arkansas Dave: The Series

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    I would TOTALLY watch that! Just think, of all the westerns, Young Guns would be easiest to turn into a TV show. Bring on Alan Ruck as Shotgun George, and have Emilio, Kiefer, Lou Diamond Phillips etc drop by for cameos!

  • March 14, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Working Title: Gone After Two Episodes

    by Suckitdorks

    or sooner.

  • March 14, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    BBC's "Jekyll" series was very good.

    by tonagan

    It bears repeating, and the Bionic Woman was in it.

  • March 14, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    BBC's Jekyll

    by TinSpider

    ...was very irritating and over the top. I expected better of Moffat.

  • March 14, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    So like True Lies, but he's not aware of it

    by ATARI

    And no Arnold and no Cameron -- so basically TV crap.

  • March 14, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by BetaRayBill07

    You knew it was coming.

  • March 14, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    dont knock Kuffs - i love kuffs!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    underrated, i tell ya!

  • March 14, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    "Is there a problem with your hearing, Mr. Hyde?"<p>

  • March 14, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST

    heres a novel idea

    by ciroslive

    Take the money away from this soon-to-be-cancelled tripe and put it towards a new season of a show the critics and those who watched enjoy: JOURNEYMAN

  • March 14, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Another spy tv series?

    by Mike_D


  • March 14, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    That's one of the most ridiculous headlines ever.

    by uss cygnus

    Talk about theatre of the absurd!

  • March 14, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Heard they got Donald Kaufman to write the pilot

    by Jor-El23

    should be awesome

  • March 14, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    What is this... the 80s again?...

    by Kid Z

    ...He's a cop... who's also a vampire! He's a detective... who never dies! He's a spy... who's also Christian Slater! Christian Slater...WTF?

  • March 14, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Remember when Slater used to turn up...

    by Kid Z

    ... in strange, unexpected places? Like a bit part as a crewman on the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country or with his kid (little brother, nephew, who knows) being interviewed outside a theatre in a TV promo for Honey I Shrunk the Kids ("That bee flight was awesome!") He could've had a more successful career doing that sh*t than he did acting in features...

  • March 14, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Kid Z

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    he turned up in Star Trek 6 (and sometimes other odd cameos) because his mom was a casting director. So when she was working on Star Trek he asked her to get him a bit part just to be a part of Trek.

  • March 14, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Weren't they planning to make a Running Man Series

    by MrJJonz

    and then 9/11 happened? I'm sure I read that somewhere once upon a time type thing

  • March 14, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Doug Liman turning Mr and Mrs Smith

    by skimn

    into a series, which this is a variation of..?

  • March 14, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    He's starting to look really weird.

    by Yeti

    Too much botox and those eyebrows of his make for a strange combination.

  • March 14, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    3 episodes.

    by alice 13

    does mr hyde wear a dress? -4 episodes.

  • March 14, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Dear NBC

    by INWOsuxRED

    Please demand that the writers be able to wrap this show up at any point in time with a single episode. Please continue to do this with all the bullshit "unfolding mystery" shows you throw at the wall from now on. If you show actual endings to your shows, I might consider watching the beginnings, but I won't watch a show like this unless it gets consistent good word-of-mouth and ratings for at least 2-3 seasons.

  • March 14, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Odd topic: Battlestar Galactica S3 dvd available in Canada

    by Charlie Murphy

    well, at least in Saskatchewan where I live. Superstore had a whole shelf of them and when I went to pay, the kid asked if it had just come out. i replied, "it's not due out until tuesday, actually" and he said "uhhh... did we mess up?" anyway, i bought it and it looks great.

  • March 14, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    If ever a show needed resurrecting to become an instant classic - without even needing to see the outstanding pilot - it's that! Fuck, NBC, get with the GLOBAL FREQUENCY!!!

  • March 14, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Feel the love for KUFFS!!!

    by spud mcspud

    How can you NOT love KUFFS? Captain Sheridan of B5 as Slater's older brother! The unspeakable hotness of a barely-legal Milla Jovovich as George Kuffs' pregnant girlfriend! Subtitles imaginatively scattered everywhere! The most menacing role Leon Rippy has ever fucking played!!!<P> I'm not being post-modernist ironic. Seriously. I FUCKING LOVED KUFFS!!!

  • March 14, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    RUNNING MAN series!

    by spud mcspud

    Like the sound of that. Though maybe they could consider getting the movie right first - as fun as the Arniefest was, the story in the novella is much grittier, more political and more edgy. It would make an awesome movie in the hands of a master satirist like Paul Verhoeven.

  • March 14, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Hey bobinnova

    by jbrecken

    There was a Total Recall series. It was called "Total Recall 2070" and ran for 1 season in 1999. It covered a lot of P. K. Dick themes, so it also felt a lot like Blade Runner as well as Total Recall.

  • March 14, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Kuffs was the shit back in the day...

    by Cybyer

    ...but I'm not sure NBC can be trusted with this spy show, Slater or no.<br> <br> Why not just make a series based on Long Kiss Goodnight and put it on HBO or FX? Tons of exploitable possibilities there.

  • March 14, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    The Vampire Supremacy!

    by skywalkerfamily

  • March 15, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Happy Harry Hardon is Back!

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    The man that brought to life the character Happy Harry Hardon in Pump Up The Volume is back!! I've always like Christian Slater. He's always been somebody I really enjoyed watching on screen and that I felt was continually underrated. True Romance is one of my favorite movies and I think shows him at his best. I have a soft spot for his performance in Pump Up The Volume...which was a little movie. He makes interesting facial expressions that make him fun to watch on screen when he's playing characters that are on the edge. Christian shouldn't play sedate, average characters. This could be fun.

  • March 15, 2008, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Slater was in a lot of good movies

    by Napoleon Park

    for someone who only did one impression. Imagine if he could do a Walken as good as his Nicholson.<p>I like spy shows. Well, I liked Alias, She-Spies and Chuck. And yeah, that Geena Davis movie was the first thing I thought of too, though I can see the subtle differences.<p>Let's just hope that by "Jekyll and Hyde" they don't wind up meaning "Nutty Professor To The Clumps". I'm still not clear on the high concept - is he like a master of disguice by actually turning into a different person? Because he's still, you know, Christian Slater.

  • March 15, 2008, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Buffy The Vampire Slater

    by Napoleon Park

    The Last Temptation of Christian.

  • March 15, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Supergirl? Super sexy!

  • March 15, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    After that mess called Alone in the Dark...

    by Stalkeye

    Slater should be serving expresso at the nearest Starbucks."I said more Mocha on my frappachino, fucker!"<p>I'll pass. Too formularic, like that movie Doomsday

  • March 15, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    PUMP UP THE VOLUME was the bomb...

    by spud mcspud

    That film was fucking awesome. And when you're 18, and feeling disconnected from everything around you - as I was (and all of you, because ALL 18 year olds are self-absorbed narcissistic little shits)- to see a movie that raw and honest about what it's like to be a teenager is revelatory. It's no classic, but it defines a pivotal period in my life like MEAN STREETS does for other people.<P> Yeah, I compared PUMP UP THE VOLUME to MEAN STREETS. Let's face it, to someone like me who DOESN'T worship at the feet of Lord Scorsese, it's just the first movie in the interminablke sequence we know as "The Harvey Keitel Italian-American centology" or however many movies its been.<P> I digress. Slater fucking owned that movie. And Samantha Mathis was the hotness in it. That is all.

  • March 15, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    I never quite figured out why I never liked Slater's character in that movie. He seemed like a very selfish guy - getting his mate involved in that Wild Bunch shootout at the end, getting Bama to go get beer for him and his sober father (way to be the enabler!!) then moaning when he couldn't get burgers for breakfast. What a twat.<P> Then I heard Slater on an interview over here in the UK, saying he thought Clarence Worley was basically a selfish prick and he played him as such.<P> Vindicated!!! TRUE ROMANCE was an awesome movie (loved Gary Oldman in it), and Slater is his usual megawatt movie star self in it, but his character in it is an insufferable prick, and should have died at the end - as he did in the original ending.<P> But Slater in HEATHERS.... THERE'S NOBODY COOLER THAN THAT!!!

  • March 15, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Napoleon Park

    by spud mcspud

    I loved Walken in JOE DIRT. And I'm willing to bet that no more than five other talkbackers on here saw that movie... and loved it. As I did.<P> Prove me wrong, fuckers.

  • March 15, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Joe Dirt sucked ass. Hated it with a passion.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    By the way, Troy is pretty great.

  • March 16, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Slater baby, this is not another 24

    by thegreatwhatzit

    So something a bit off the crack. How about this: you're Ricky Ricardo, Jr. who's a Cuban druglord (there's a photo of Fred and Ethel in your living room. The irony: you killed Fred Mertz because you suspected that he was an informer). Gimme an advance and I'll write the pilot.

  • March 17, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    He Was A Quiet Man was best slater flick in 17 years

    by Melvinator

    At least that's what the reviews said. I thought it was pretty cool and maybe a come-back for the kid. very good little film.

  • March 18, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Schizo Heroes character

    by mothandrust

    Doesn't this sound like a drawn out version of the blonde schizo character from Heroes?