Back in September, J. J. Abrams and Eric Kripk signed a lucrative deal with NBC to create and develop "Revolution," a new action drama with sci-fi elements. The deal also included a significant penalty if NBC declined to make a pilot commitment, making its slot in the development slate fairly secure.
According to Deadline, NBC has made it official and ordered "Revolution" to the pilot stage. Although Abrams is notoriously secretive about his projects, a brief synopsis of "Revolution" has turned up online: “In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.”
Kripke wrote the script for "Revolution" and he will executive produce the potential series alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk. Kripke is perhaps best known as the creator of "Supernatural" on the CW, where he is also developing a "Deadman" TV series that may also get a pilot.
Abrams is primarily known as a director and a producer, thanks to his highly successful relaunch of the "Star Trek" feature film series. However, Abrams has had considerable success on television as the creator of "Alias," "Felicity" and the co-creator of "Fringe," "Person of Interest" and "Lost." Abrams is also currently producing a drama pilot with "One Tree Hill" creator Mark Schwahn called "Shelter" for The CW.
If either "Revolution" or "Shelter" get ordered to series, they will likely debut in Fall 2012.
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