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Goyer/Braga Sci-Fi Pilot
FLASH FORWARD
Likely Headed To ABC!!

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David S. Goyer (“Blade: The Series”) and Brannon Braga (“Star Trek: Enterprise”) – who earlier collaborated on CBS’ short-lived alien-invasion drama “Threshold” – are close to landing a pilot deal at ABC for their spec script “Flash Forward,” based on the sci-fi novel by Robert J. Sawyer. The book is about what happens when physicists, conducting a super-high-energy experiment, accidentally cause everybody on the planet to experience two minutes and 17 seconds of his or her own future 21 years hence. A lot of people were driving cars when their consciousnesses left their bodies for more than two minutes, so the experience is memorable for many reasons. Goyer, who wrote and directed the third “Blade” movie for the big screen, is expected to direct the pilot. Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega

    test

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Goyer = cool!

    by Amy Chasing

    Braga = well...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST

    If you are already asleep?

    by purplepansyh

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Can you black out?

    by purplepansyh

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Threshold was terrible

    by Strabo

    I'm sure this will be pretty shitty too.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST

    I read this book.

    by geraldbeans

    Sawyer's a little out there. He's kinda hard sci-fi. The book is interesting - although it basically plays into the same question that all of these shows/movies pose: Can you change your own future? One of the more fun things that happens is when a few people only experience black during that 2 minutes - meaning, of course... they dead!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    on the contrary, Threshold was very far from terrible

    by newc0253

    Yes, tt had its share of faults but was actually pretty good once it got going. Watching Fringe these days, I am reminded of nothing but how Fringe seems like a superior version of Threshold (rather than its obvious comparator, the X-Files).<p> Also it had Carla Gugino.<p>

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Is this about the CERN experiment?

    by Horace Cox

    I hope it is, cuz last night I had a dream I was judging blowjobs from the lineup of the Miss Universe Pageant. Oh PLEASE be a glimpse of the future... Thank you science!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Threshold/Braga

    by optimus122

    Threshold was pretty bad initially. It started to get better though and by the end I was pissed off that it was gone. It also had 2 absolute hot chicks as regulars in Gugino and the girl from Jag. Was looking foward to watching them for a long time but no..Braga is a hack though, lets face it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Threshold should have lived

    by LeftFoot

    Threshold wasn't always strong, but, it was always interesting. The story potential was huge.<BR><BR> I liked the characters a lot. Hot smart female leader, all brainiacs, horny dwarf. How many horny genius dwarf characters do see on TV? Even in sci-fi?<BR><BR> Haven't read FLASH FORWARD. Sounds like a worthwhile variation on the time travel theme. May have to read the book.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    That sounds great

    by David Cloverfield

    Of course it's an easy concept to fuck up.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Looks promising

    by MrFloppy

    I love the concept. But I think they should wait at least until Lost is over.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Anyone ever read "Time Quake" by Kurt Vonnegut?

    by RokurGepta

    this reminds me slightly of that

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Sawyer is an amazing sci-fi author...

    by Dragon Man

    Check out Calculating God if you want to read some good science fiction. Excellent read.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST

    And how the f**k, exactly...

    by Kid Z

    ...does this manage to get stretched out into an entire series?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    What Kid Z said

    by chrth

    I see the possibility of a movie or miniseries that explores it ... but a whole series? Something tells me that they're going to change the premise somewhat (select people experience the 'jump' in different episodes and to a different point in the future is the most likely change)

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Forward

    by Cobbio

    I read "Flash Forward" a few years ago, and it's a pretty badass, huge-concept book. The final chapter is so huge, I have no idea how they'd film it for television.<p> But characters and their personal dramas in the novel built to a nice crescendo. I don't know if Goyer and Braga will keep the characters in the book, probably not, but hopefully they'll honor the tone of Sawyer's story. It's not really light-hearted stuff.<p> I agree with chrth that a whole series will demand they change certain premises. But depending on where they go with it, maybe it'll be somewhat interesting. I hope so.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Cool episode of FRINGE, but a whole show?

    by cowboyone

    I dunno. I like Goyer, but his stats are pretty bad outside of the superhero stuff. Send me the pilot and I'll get back to you.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    chrth

    by badboymason

    Yeah, can see it going this way - sounds like another idea that would be an awesome 6 or 12 episode miniseries that tells the whole story stretched out into a series that gets cancelled after 10 episodes and doesn't even get 20% of the story told...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Am I the only person who doesn't think Goyer is very good?

    by Drunken Rage

    I associate him with a lot of very mediocre stuff. And "Blade 2 and 3" were both pretty awful.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Journeyman!!!

    by dioxholster

    bring it back! he also time travels but he gets back to take care of his family unlike my dad!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Just bring back...

    by TomBCat

    Journeyman. NBC really dropped the ball on that one. It was one of the better shows last year. Way better than Chuck. How the hell did that one get renewed for a 2nd season?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    bring back Journeyman

    by RokurGepta

    ...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    CERN project reminds me of that old Sci-fi movie "THIS QUIET EAR

    by RokurGepta

    in which everyone on the planet disappears, except for the people that were dying during the exact moment of some science experiment gone wrong

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    This is like the worst writing staff ever

    by SilentP

    Braga AND Goyer working together? How are these two even still getting work, let alone their own goddamn tv show? Why in God's name does our society keep rewarding mediocrity? Arrrggghhhhhhh!<br> Sounds like a cool concept though, I'll have to remember to check out the book.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Goyer as director = epic fail

    by Shub-Wankalot

    Blade 3...that's all that needs to be said...of course, the brain-washed masses may beg to differ...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Meh

    by Geekgasm

    Braga is a hack and Goyer is hit and miss. Cancelled in 13 weeks assuming its actually picked up.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Threshold was the best of the three that aired

    by hst666

    the season after Lost debuted, which is not saying a lot. Had a much better concept than Surface or Invasion, but got bogged down too much in bad guy of the week scenarios. When it finally began to pull together it was cancelled. <p><p> This appears to be another great concept, but we'll see how the episodes play out.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    It's a reverse-Journeyman-meets-Heroes!

    by ReekPoodoo

    Multiple-cast members all interconnected somehow doing time travel...?!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    "The Quiet Earth"

    by supertoyslast

    Thanks for reminding me of the title, RokurGepta. I saw it once years ago on TV and it stuck with me. It's one of those films which keeps getting mentioned on messageboards, so there must be something different and a bit special about it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Goyer, he's ok; Braga=turd

    by thevision

    I agree, Goyer is hit or miss but Braga is a bull-headed turd- I'll never forget or forgive "These Are the Voyages."

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I read this some years ago

    by Varakor

    and it was a great read up until the end. The whole blackout deal when, then glimpsing the future for two minutes, yea that's big, but I hated the ending. It's just freaky weird. Also an entire series? Mini-series maybe but not an entire series.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    cooooool sounding

    by BurgerKing

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Every episode of Threshold

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Threshold data mines a plot by the aliens.<br> Field team investigates.<br> Team member taken hostage.<br> Team member rescued.<br> Alien/s shot with *electro* bullets.<br> Alien plot stopped.<p> Also in every episode:>br> Molly, scary black dude, or macho field agent reminds us that Molly came up with the Threshold Protocol.<br> Data bitches about being drafted to work for a secret government agency, and about one or more of his ex-wives.<br> The dwarf tells us how uber zexy he is and just how unbelievably super smart he is.<br> *The Kid(tm)* invents the gadget that stops the alien plot all while mopeing about having to deceive his fiance.<br> Scary black dude or macho field agent bully's the dwarf or Data.<p> I love Carla and the show was starting to get better by the time Jag chick joined, but it was to late.<br> People would tune in, and think *I've already seen this episode* and change the channel, for the above reasons.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    need a bigger comment field to type in

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    also google spell check is broken by the site these days

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Done right, this could solve Sawyer's biggest problem

    by tumantorak

    He doesn't know how to end his novels. I enjoy most of them, and he has great science fiction ideas, but they tend to fall apart near then end. Perhaps an ongoing series can sidestep that problem.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Fun book

    by snowpuff

    I'd rather see this as a short mini on Sci Fi. Or do it as an 8 episode series on BBC.<br> <br> But as an American hour long? I don't see it. Nice to see Sawyer's work being developed.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    paragraph

    by frozen01

    test <br>

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    paragraph

    by frozen01

    test <br> test

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Sorry about that

    by frozen01

    Melvis_Pelvis's typos ("Also in every episode:>br> Molly, scary black dude,") helped me figure out how to do paragraphs. <br> Thanks, Melvis_Pelvis! :)

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Threshold got better!?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    That was the best example of a cool series rapidly going downhill I've ever seen. Just the two-part premiere with Carla walking up all sweaty in her lingere was worth the price of admission (and the Lost dude was pretty creepy). The final episode was a freaking "the Aliens are just like us" wacky episode where they stumble on a town of aliens living a small town life. Are you kidding me?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Brannon Braga is the worst person in the world

    by BrowncoatJedi

    He is everything that is wrong with the television industry.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Journeyman

    by VegasRon

    Bring it back, bitches.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    why is Braga allowed to work ANYWHERE beyond McDonalds??

    by Maniaq

    how is the man responsible for the POSSIBLE DEATH (maybe JJ can save it, maybe not) of a successful franchise like Trek allowed ANYWHERE NEAR a property EVER AGAIN???

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Sawyer's a hack.

    by kabong

    This boring crap like Warehouse 13 and everything else being excreted from the assholes in charge.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    "Brannon Braga is 'mother's milk' to the sci-fi/fantasy crowd"

    by G'Kar

    I don't know who the hell said that, at about the time that Threshold was starting up, but ever since then I've never been able to get that disturbing image out of my mind at the mere mention of his name. Ew!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    ill check it out

    by slkboxrman

    i personally love ....surface, invasion and threshold... i really think invasion should have gotten a 2nd season..but i thought the end was appropriate..surface ended completely open..i would have loved to see how they woulda dealt with the enormous population of the creatures, and i had envisioned that the end of the series would have seen the kids pet communicating with the other creatures to live in peace with the humans..i dunno, woulda been cool... and im with all the "bring back journeyman" people....that show was amazing, cut short too soon...but the ending for that was semi appropriate as well...

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Threshold was pants, but Invasion was pretty cool

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Shame they rushed it at the end to make it all tie up. Had a great cast too. <p> Maybe thios will be ok. We dhall see. Cant be worse than that abomination unto man that is True Blood.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Glad they're off ST and hope one day ST recovers.

    by krylite

    Braga to me screwed up the memory of the original series with the abomination Enterprise. 1 trick story Enterprise-C is all I could take. "Enterprise" was a hack attempt to "reinvent" a classic stealing the glory of Roddenberry, and practically trashed the franchise. (i remember the arrogant pre-commercial "Before Janeway" Before Picard, and BEFORE KIRK!", WTF? how can this pre-Enterprise be pushed on ST to be more classic than the classic Kirk Enterprise!??) hope jj can save it.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Braga=I'm staying away.

    by Audio_of_Being

    Voyager was comparable to being forced to give a blow job to a homeless and Enterprise was the bad taste in my mouth afterwards. I'm staying right the f*ck away from this show.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Feel the need to clarify (re: "mother's milk")

    by G'Kar

    At the mere mention of his name, I can't help but imagine fans actually leaning up and sucking that mother's milk from Braga's nipples. Isn't it absurd hat such images come to mind? It's the main reason I've never been able to give VOY or ENT a second chance. The image is just too deeply burned into my brain, and there's no way I would ever be seen as that person sucking his milk (Although I suppose if you liked DS9 you're at least partly redeemed). All the same, I hold him the most respononsible for ruining Trek.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    goyer + brana =

    by alice 13

    omg talk about taking the longest route possible.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    ^ braga.

    by alice 13

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    I wish Ron Moore won the power struggle

    by thevision

    I'm not a Galactica fan but I can see why it has a rabid fan following and a critics fave- very well made, brilliant concept, but just not my cup of tea. Anyway, it pains me that Moore didn't win the Trek battle and Braga should've been kicked to the curb- imagine a real prequel to Star Trek with ships barely going above Warp 2, crew firing bulky laser guns and ships armed with nukes, the conflict between the exploration and military wings of Starfleet, action and political intrigue instead we got rehashed TNG and Voyager. Manny Coto tried and mostly succeeded with the last and best Enterprise Season 4 but too little, too late. BermanBraga pissed away a great opportunity to tell the beginings of the Trek universe and wasted a great cast- Connor Trinneer and Jolene Blalock my personal faves. The final BermanBraga fuck you was the "valentine to the fans" known as "These Are the Voyages," better known as the worst series finale ever made.