Sci-Fi Wire reports that former Star Trek executive producer Brannon Braga has been revealing more details about his upcoming sci-fi pilot for ABC, Flash Forward, which the network hope could be their new Lost.
The story begins with a strange event during which everyone on Earth falls asleep and has a 2 minute 17 second glimpse of their own futures, five months down the line. The show follows the effect the premonition has on various people.
At the premiere party for season 7 of 24 this week (on which he is a co-executive producer), Braga revealed that Flash Forward will reset itself each season, starting each new run with a new set of visions and ending when they come true.
He said: “Yeah, the structure’s not dissimilar from 24 and we want to reset the show at the end of each year, where we’ll do another flash forward at the end of the first season, and then potentially another flash forward at the end of the second season, each one kind of resetting the core characters’ visions of the future and introducing new characters.
“One of the cool things about the show is you have 5 billion potential storylines. And we plan to tell the stories of people all over the world. Obviously they’ll be focused on mainly people here in L.A., but we’re going to go all over the place.”
Braga added that the central theme of the show is free will vs. fate: “Thematically that’s what the show is about, for sure. Yeah, and seeing how these people’s visions come true or not come true or come true because they tried to not make it come true. Some people want it to come true. Some people don’t want it to come true. It’s a fascinating concept. We’re very excited about it.”
The show was developed by Braga, producer/writer/director David Goyerand Goyer’s wife and producing partner, Jessika Borsiczky Goyer. David Goyer will direct the pilot.
Goyer and Braga’s last TV project together was the much-missed 2005 alien invasion sci-fi drama Threshold, which failed to make it to the end of its first season.
Asked how the shows compare, Braga said: “Just based on what David and I have been talking about, this’ll be more grounded. Threshold, I think, had a slightly more heightened reality to it. Our aim with this show is to make it more—to say believablewould belittle shows like Threshold or Star Trek—but just more relatable and more realistic. There’s one big science fiction conceit: these flash-forwards. That’s all there is, and so we want the show to have a naturalistic vibe to it.”
The show also has a long-term vision, Braga added: “It’s so early in the game, [but] we have a lot planned. We have a lot we want to do. Before we sold the show, we sat down, and we were like, ‘This is a big idea. We want to have as much as we can planned for the duration of the show in case it does go. We don’t want to be winging it.'”