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Details Emerge As ER Veterans Wyle And Spielberg Reunite For TNT’s Alien-Invasion Pilot!!

Published at: June 26, 2009, 12:13 a.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!

Noah Wyle, who starred on Steven Spielberg’s “ER,” will now star in Steven Spielberg’s untitled alien-invasion pilot for TNT. The Hollywood Reporter has this, plus news that the pilot has a “Battlestar Galactica”-esque premise:
The project, written by Robert Rodat from an idea he conceived with Spielberg, is set shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population. Wyle will play the leader of a ragtag group of soldiers and civilians who struggle against the occupying alien force.
The wartime theme makes sense, since Spielberg and Rodat previously collaborated on “Saving Private Ryan.” Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.
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  • June 26, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    wow

    by simondark

    um...first?

  • June 26, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    aliens invade then enslave...

    by I87D

    i wonder what the twist is that makes this thing so attractive to Steve, since the basic premise isn't exactly earth-shattering. (pardon the pun?)

  • June 26, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST

    frist?

    by _screamster101

    my small penis doesn't look so small now that i'm first...

  • June 26, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    And steered clear of Spielberg's Transformers 2

    by SifoDyasJr.

  • June 26, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Battlefield Earth was the highpoint of alien movies

    by Barmat

  • June 26, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    FILTHY HUMANS! PEWPEWPEW!!!

    by HaterofCrap

    1 in 20 shot of not sucking.

  • June 26, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Wyle to Alien Leader...

    by Mutilator

    "Are you a virgin?"

  • June 26, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Wyle as a warrior

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    yeah, a warrior who's ass is broader than his shoulders

  • June 26, 2009, 1 a.m. CST

    Can we get rid of _screamster101?

    by UndeadRabbitZombieJim

    Fucking cunthole douchebag. On a related-to-the-actual-fucking-story note, I actually do like the premise of this.

  • June 26, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    less Battlestar

    by Bloo

    and more Battlefield Earth, at least that is what is sounds like to me

  • June 26, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Thank God for such an original idea.

    by Barmat

    We are all blessed by this project. Thank you TNT for taking this bold move to start a series with such an underused premise. Alas the casting choice is reminds me of the massive shit I had this morning after a huge cup of coffee.

  • June 26, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Screamster101... calling out "frist" and then making

    by bongo123

    a dick size reference for being "frist" hahahahaha.. classic knobhead

  • June 26, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST

    and you can keep giving me Alien Invasion stories

    by bongo123

    till the actual aliens invade, just give me anything that doesnt involve a bunch of fucking nobodies sleeping "rough" or a bunch of fucking hasbeen celebs cutting some cunts grass or somit... and while im on my small soapbox.. why in the fuck did they cancel the excellent Invasion ffs, loved that show...

  • June 26, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Spielberg?

    by WANDERINGNOMAD

    Wasn't ER Michael Crichton's show?

  • June 26, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Don't I see a cheaply made version of this every week

    by lockesbrokenleg

    on some shitty cable network?

  • June 26, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST

    TV's gone Alien Invasion crazy!

    by SisterSpooky

    It seems like the more I read, the new TV pilots and remakes are about Aliens invading us. V, which I'm looking forward to, then this what next?

  • June 26, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Hope this is more challenging than 'Taken'

    by DC Films

  • June 26, 2009, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Sounds depressing.

    by wowsah156

    When is Speilberg going to stop doing extended adverts for the military industrial complex and start making fun entertainment again? Is it possible for Speilberg to make fun entertainment without it involving war, someone holding a gun or something blowing up?! I blame Michael Bay!!

  • June 26, 2009, 5:22 a.m. CST

    I thought Crichton and Wells were ER. Spielberg too?

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 26, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST

    The invaders

    by The McPoyle Clan

    are alien VAMPIRES! "ragtag" = sure to be populated with idiots.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Sounds like Terminator.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Sad.

  • June 26, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Brit show Invasion: Earth should be redone.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Kind of a different take on alien invasions pretty fun.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    If only ...

    by The StarWolf

    wowsah156 - it could be fun, but only if they did a minisries of Harry Turtledove's wonderful WORLDWAR novels where it's 1942, the Germans own most of Europe and much of Russia, the Japanese are all over China and much of the Pacific, and the Americans and wondering how to get out of this mess. Then, the aliens invade. And Hitler has to make deals with the Soviets to save his beloved Reich, and the Chinese see the aliens as a possible way to overthrow their Nipponese conquerors. Meanwhile, the U.S. is having to deal with ETs on their land. But it isn't completely one-sided. The aliens had sent a sub-light probe to Earth to study us prior to conquest. Unfortunately, the data it came back with was 800 years out of date. But, hey, how much progress could a horseback riding, bow-and-arrow technology race make in a mere eight centuries? Boy, are the aliens depressed when they learn the awful truth. We're only about a century behind, now, and learning fast... Very amusing.

  • June 26, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    If anyone needs any further proof that Spielberg

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    has Alzheimer's, just look at Transformers as Example A.

  • June 26, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Strikeforce: Morituri

    by jim

    Why doesn't someone make this a TV series? They could pitch it as a cross between V and Heroes (network execs can only understand a concept when it can be compared to an existing show). HBO, get on it!

  • June 26, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    I'll give it a go..

    by Midnightxpress

    It could be good. After all BSG got plenty of negative comments before it launched, and look how that turned out. Granted the odds are against a TNT show being any good, but I'll try it for sure...

  • June 26, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Alien Dawn!

    by johnnyangelheart

    Go Wolverines!

  • June 26, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    What happened to the Spielberg...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...who claimed that he would NEVER make a movie about evil, invading aliens on the documentary included on the 1996 E.T. laserdisc? Now there's his War Of The Worlds remake and this.<BR><BR>Curious.

  • June 26, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    a soldier?

    by twogunjames

    Not sure I see him as a soldier. Not a war weary hard nosed bad ass type anyway. With these guys he'll be a well rounded father trying to keep his family together in the midst of having to kill aliens.

  • June 26, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Where have you gone, Rick Hunter?

    by sullenfish

    I remember when this was called the Third Robotech War.

  • June 26, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Wyle seems like a decent guy

    by darthvedder81

    And he's a pretty good actor. Loved him in "Pirates of Silicon Valley."

  • June 26, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Spielberg?

    by Xxplosive

    Who is Spielberg? The guy who produced Transformers? He sucks!!!

  • June 26, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Wyle as a warrior

    by Arioch55

    Saving those poor drowning, starving polar bears... oh wait, cap 'n trade will save 'em! Nevermind...

  • June 26, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Um...so they don't think the V remake has this covered?

    by Drath

    Shit, V wasn't even original, it ripped off Roddenberry's Battleground Earth which was made later as Earth: Final Conflict. And all of it was done by the Twilight Zone before that. Also, considering WE are considered the alien invaders, do we really want to make a movie that demonizes the more powerful civilization yet again? But hey, good to see Wyle working, though why they don't just make the Librarian as a TV show I don't know.

  • June 26, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    how many different ways can they retell

    by bacci40

    war of the worlds<P> proof fucking positive that hg wells was a man way ahead of his time

  • June 26, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    DR. CARTER TO THE COMBAT WARD STAT!

    by Xiphos_2

  • June 26, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    sounds like HALF LIFE on TV

    by ciroslive

    and I love it! The bookish Wyle turning soldier to repel an invasion force. Can't wait!

  • June 27, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST

    How is Spielberg related to E.R.?

    by ShabbyBlue

    Can't find a single mention of that show in his IMDB filmography.

  • June 27, 2009, 6:30 a.m. CST

    ShabbyBlue

    by Orbots Commander

    His production company, Amblin, produced it. Also, as I've read, he found the ER script that was originally written as a theatrical feature by Michael Crichton. He was all set to direct the movie, until he came across another of Crichton's works, a novel that was just published, titled JURASSIC PARK. So he shot JP, and made ER into a TV show.

  • June 27, 2009, 6:33 a.m. CST

    And yeah....

    by Orbots Commander

    ...I'm one of the bigger Spielberg fans of his earlier classics, but after Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers 2 and the upcoming Tintin, I'm not sure I trust the stuff he puts out any longer.

  • June 27, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    ^^ Same for me...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    I grew up idolizing Spielberg, but he's apparently pulled a George Lucas in recent years...

  • June 27, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Spielberg produced the pilot of E.R.

    by beamish13

    but had little involvement with it afterwards. He was attached to Crichton's script for the pilot when it was going to be a feature film.

  • June 27, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    That's a weak connection between Spielberg & ER

    by YackBacker

    Might as well call it George Lucas' ER because he and Spielberg both have beards.

  • June 27, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Yeah, a very weak connection

    by ShabbyBlue

    He doesn't even have a producer credit listed on IMDB.

  • June 27, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    he was an exec on show

    by barnaby jones

    turned up to discuss the shows success in the doc accompanying the finale too.

  • June 27, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    So it's Terminator with aliens.

    by Lyghthouse

    Eh, I'm a little tired of aliens in my TV shows.

  • June 27, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Spielberg has the Midas touch in reverse

    by SmokingRobot

    Everything he touches turns to shit. This has 'nuke the fridge' written all over it. And I like Noah, but he's not a lead actor.

  • June 28, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Wyle as soldier

    by TheShrike

    I wouldn't use size as a good measure for a soldier. Case in point: Audie Murphy: Medal of Honor Distinguished Service Cross Silver Star (2) Legion of Merit Bronze Star (2) Purple Heart (3) French Legion of Honor French Croix de Guerre (+ Palm) Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm This hulking behemoth was 5'5"

  • June 29, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    I'm holding out hope...

    by MonkeyLord

    But I must say, his involvement in Transformers I and II, Chrystal Skull has shaken my faith. His name used to be synonymous with excellence in move making; But man... I can barely forgive him for these three stinking sacks of feces. But I have faith in ya, Steven! The premise here sounds good, now follow through and show us some of that old school Spielberg magic we all know and love!