In the latest exodus of filmmakers transitioning to the small screen, Alex Proyas (Dark City) will make his first foray into network television by directing and executive producing the sci-fi drama Evolve for ABC. The series, written and executive produced by Eureka co-creator Jaime Paglia, is based off of the recently published “Toxic City” novel trilogy, written by British Fantasy Award and Bram Stoker Award winning author, Tim Lebbon. The series centers on the quarantined city of Los Angeles and the group of outsiders who lead an investigation to discover what really happened to their family members trapped inside, only to find out the citizens have evolved extraordinary abilities and are being hunted by the government. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline initially reported on Evolve, the new project for Proyas and Paglia. Proyas has been quiet since directing his last film, Knowing, in 2009. After Legendary Pictures scrapped his plans to adapt Paradise Lost, Proyas turned to a number of other films, including: Sydney Unplugged, The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, Gods of Egypt and Joe Golem and the Drowning City. More than anything, Evolve sounds like it’s right up Proyas’ alley and I’m curious to see how he does in the transition.
Here’s the book description from the first novel in Lebbon’s trilogy, “London Eye” (via Amazon):
Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers. The rest of Britain believes that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland.
But Jack and his friends—some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday—know that the reality is very different. At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London—and it is incredible.
Because the handful of London’s survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving.
Upon discovering that his mother is still alive inside London, Jack, his sister, and their three friends sneak into a city in ruins. Vast swathes have been bombed flat. Choppers cruise the streets, looking for survivors to experiment upon. The toxic city is filled with wonders and dangers that will challenge Jack and his friends… and perhaps kill them. But Jack knows that the truth must be revealed to the outside world or every survivor will die.