On September 24, 2011. Deadline announced that a drama written by Kripke and to be developed by J.J. Abrams has gotten a pilot production commitment from NBC. The series called Revolution is described as an epic adventure thriller to be produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot production company and Warner Bros. TV. Abrams, Kripke and Bryan Burk are executive producing.
J.J. Abrams is a writer, producer and director know for TV series including LOST, Felicty, Alias and fringe as well as the Star Trek reboot movie, Super 8 and Cloverfield.
November 7: In an interview with the L.A. Times, J.J. Abrams talks about Eric Kripke’s ‘undeniably good’ pilot:
- J.J.A.: I’ve been a fan of “Supernatural.” I like him a lot. He’s a really good guy, and he came to us with an idea that was undeniably good. It was such a great premise for a series that it was just that feeling of the misery that you’d feel if you had a chance to be part of that and didn’t take advantage of it. I’m really looking forward to that show. He’s so obviously the real deal, and we’re just really lucky and honored that he wanted to collaborate with us on it.
- What I love about his writing is it’s alive, it’s visual. He writes things that become images in your mind as you’re reading it, but he also is deeply concerned about character, back story, the emotional lives of the people he’s writing. It’s something I really appreciate. Again, I look forward to working with him in any capacity.
February 2, 2012 : Revolution is given the green light to the pilot with "a massive production commitment and a $2 million penalty attached to it"source. The show is now being described as:
- "a high octane action drama that follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.source"
March 1, 2012 : Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito cast in Revolution. He will play Lt. Neville a "tough but deceptively gentle southern military man, who may not be all he appears." Also cast are Tracy Spiridakos (Psych, Being Human ) who will play Charlie, described as “a warrior”, Graham Rogers as Danny Matheson, a “cunning hunter” and Australian actress Anna Lise Phillips (Home and Away).Source.