It’s been two and a half years since JJ Abrams’ series Lost departed our screens, but the Star Trek Into Darkness director may soon have yet another hit on his hands in Britain. The man of the moment not only has a sci-fi blockbuster – starring our very own Benedict Cumberbatch – set to hit cinemas in 2013, but he has executive produced action-packed NBC series Revolution, which is heading to Sky1 next year.
The dystopic thriller has enjoyed phenomenal success stateside, pulling in an impressive 13.3 million viewers, making it the biggest scripted show to launch in over three years.
Fans of Lost are likely to recognise some tell-tale Abrams traits in Revolution – an epic adventure thriller set in a post-apocalyptic American landscape, featuring empty cities, dusty militias and freedom fighters, in a world where every single piece of technology has mysteriously blacked out. Quite apt considering it’s supposedly the end of the world next Friday…
Premonitions aside, the story plays out through the eyes of ballsy young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos, Being Human), and her less ballsy brother, Danny (Graham Rogers). When Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders, Charlie must track down her estranged former-Marine uncle (Billy Burke, Twilight) and, with the help of a rogue team of survivors, set out to rescue her brother, take down the militia and re-establish the United States of America once and for all. Phew!
Controller of Acquisitions at Sky Entertainment, Sarah Wright, said: “Our customers have always had a strong connection with J.J. Abrams event series and we’re confident that Revolution will prove to be a monster hit with them following its record-breaking debut in the US.”
Revolution looks to have all the ingredients to pick up from where Lost left off and feed our appetite for slick, big-budget US drama. We can’t wait…