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Farscape creator begins production on fandom-inspired series for The WB

After just having wrapped post production on the Sci Fi channel miniseries The Triangle (to air in Dec. 2005), Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape, Alien Nation) has begun casting his next series; one based on science fiction fandom.

Named Cult, the new series is being made for The WB for the 2006-2007 season. O’Bannon says after Farscape, he was moved by the depth and distinct culture that develops within fandom around a few special shows.

He says Farscape (like Star Trek previously) had such a fan base. Among current series, he says Lost also has a deeply-committed fan base which is developing its own multi-level culture.

The new WB series he is producing and writing finds a darker possibility – where fans actually are swept up in and are affected by the unexpected mysteries and dangers surrounding the production of their favorite television program.

In this instance the main protagonist, a WB-requisite 20-something man, is looking for his missing little brother who may have fallen victim to foul play. The resulting investigation into the disappearance leads him deep within the fandom circles of a fictional TV series called (not-so-coincidentally) Cult.

In a Sci Fi Wire article, O’Bannon compares the creepy factor in the new show to the films Silence of the Lambs and Se7en.

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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