Director Jon Favreau Discusses NBC's New Sci-Fi Series REVOLUTION

Iron Man director Jon Favreau talks about bringing Tolkien-esque landscapes and swashbuckling adventure to sci-fi as the director of the pilot for Revolution, the new sci-fi series from producer J.J. Abrams! Plus, you can watch the full-length pilot here!

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By Brent Sprecher - 9/15/2012


Jon Favreau is revered in comic book circles for bringing a B-list superhero like Iron Man to the fore while simultaneously resurrecting the career of Robert Downey, Jr. and, ultimately, paving the way for the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Avengers. Favreau took some flack from the fans for Iron Man 2 and then stumbled a bit with Cowboys and Aliens, but Favreau's still as active, motivated and in-tune with fan culture as he ever was. He's currently developing an ambitious fantasy adventure for Disney called Magic Kingdom and he directed the pilot episode for Lost creator J.J. Abrams' new post-apocalyptic sci-fi series, Revolution, debuting on Monday. IGN caught up with Favreau to talk about the message of Revolution and how it will stack up against other post-apocalyptic TV shows like The Walking Dead.

Favreau said that his hope for Revolution is for fans to look to it as a means of escaping from their "day-to-day problems."

I would love it to be escapism. The best type of escapism is something where you enjoy watching it because it takes your mind off of your day-to-day problems or struggles. You get to live in another world for an hour once a week, and speaks to the better part of human nature and that there are actually strong themes that have a hopeful message in light of this very dangerous and potentially depressing set of circumstances. I want it to be an uplifting story that we’re telling, in a world that you enjoy going back to and don’t feel like you have to escape from. That’s an exciting challenge.


To help set Revolution apart from other post-apocalyptic shows on TV right now, Favreau said that they tried to give the show "its own signature" look.

Some of it was the nature of the characters that Eric wrote, some of it was just the simple aesthetic of that lush, romantic, beautifully backlit fantasy world that hopefully looks like something out of Tolkien — an American spin on that. Then also the weapons that you let them use in the rules of the show. Most of the firearms are black powder, which if you look at the Civil War, they’re good for one or two shots and then you’ve got to affix your bayonets. Any excuse to back ourselves into sword fights on staircases and swinging from chandeliers and kicking over burning braziers — that’s the stuff that excites me, and you never get to tell that story. Jackson’s gotten to do it with the Tolkien stuff, and to some extent it’s coming back with The Hunger Games, with the bows and arrows and stuff. But again, that’s a more violent, scary take in many ways. We want it to be escapist, action-adventure.





Here's the synopsis of Revolution, followed by the full-length pilot episode:

A family struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights - has mysteriously blacked out forever. A drama with sweeping scope and intimate focus, Revolution is also about family — both the family you're born into and the family you choose. This is a swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth seen through the eyes of one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos), and her brother Danny (Graham Rogers). When Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders for a darker purpose, Charlie must reconnect with her estranged uncle Miles (Billy Burke), a former U.S. Marine living a reclusive life. Together, with a rogue band of survivors, they set out to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia and ultimately re-establish the United States of America. All the while, they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed, and if — or how — it will ever return.





Revolution was created by Eric Kripke for the NBC network. The series is set to debut on Monday, September 17, 2012, at 10:00 pm/9:00 pm CT.
Source: IGN
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RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 9/15/2012, 1:24 PM
Is it just me or are a lot of major networks debuting sci fi esque shows this fall? I find the resurgence refreshing, now hopefully a few of these shows are actually decent.
comiccow6 - 9/15/2012, 1:26 PM
I am so happy that I'm using a computer right now, while listening to my iPod, all while playing angry Birds and thinking of how to use a Skyrim hack to get all the Dragon Preists in one place and have them fight Alduin.
marvel72 - 9/15/2012, 1:38 PM
i'll download this on tuesday as the video doesn't seem to be working.
santoanderson - 9/15/2012, 1:43 PM
Saw the pilot on Hulu. It was pretty weak, IMHO. Weird pacing, some logic-holes, some mediocre acting. It impressed me about as much as Terranova did...
reverendjonnynemo - 9/15/2012, 1:44 PM
For those of us not privileged to watch the NBC Clip:

marvel72 - 9/15/2012, 1:49 PM
@ santoanderson

is it that bad,terranova was shit.


@ ReverendJonnyNemo

cheers for that it looked pretty good.
santoanderson - 9/15/2012, 1:51 PM
I wouldn't call it the worst thing ever. It was just really bland, and they totally wasted Giancarlo Esposito.
knighted - 9/15/2012, 2:12 PM
Might check it out. Wondering why they don't have guns since no power shouldn't affect them. All I've seen is people with crossbows.
Geektality - 9/15/2012, 2:27 PM
That was a terrible pilot. Hope the series can pick itself up from here.
Dev7 - 9/15/2012, 3:21 PM
Terrible trailer, re used plot from another tv series, some of the worst acting in a tv show I have ever seen and Terra Nova looked better. This show won't last long. JJ is known for better stuff than this shit.
nld3 - 9/15/2012, 4:18 PM
I liked it for what it is. It needs to be given a chance. I'm sure it will be attacked & taken off the air before it gets a chance. Just like all Sci-fantasy type shows.
thewonderer - 9/15/2012, 4:54 PM
Give Giancarlo Exposito a starring role dammit.

The man is pure talent, give him the break he deserves
HarrisonBergeron - 9/15/2012, 5:12 PM
I do not trust JJ Abrams with another show that mixes science and magic. Plenty of cars would work just fine after Any kind of EMP. Cars ran for a few decades before batteries and electric starters became the norm, and close to a century before computers became the norm. The premise of the show basically implies that magnets do not work, which is absurd.

The lack of center fire guns is somewhat ridiculous too. Plenty of people reload all of their ammunition, the only thing that might be difficult would the primers, reusing spent brass(casing) is an everyday thing, and if they are using muskets then they have the means to make bullets. The one militia guy has a semi-auto pistol, but I really do not think that they should be near as rare as they are made out to be.
dekexz19 - 9/15/2012, 7:08 PM
everyone the reason why they cant use guns or cars or batteries is not explained yet.the whole point was to show everything is a mystery.and besides this is the second best new show of the fall right after arrow.i saw that pilot on on demand and let me tell you it was phenomenal.i highly recommend this show
mwmcintyre - 9/15/2012, 7:45 PM
Seriously people, part of the plot is that things don't work the way they are supposed to. I'd reccomend S M Stirling's novels of The Change. similar premise, electricity stops working as well as basically anything that would allow higher technology of any form. The ones I've read have been pretty good, and they actually discuss the specifics of how things are not working the same. It's a good concept, execution is key.
JoeMomma29 - 9/15/2012, 8:46 PM
Meh!!! Same old story!!!!
Britanic - 9/16/2012, 1:16 AM
Mwmcintyre, I was. Going to suggest the same thing man. This looks like its been taken straight out of the change series of books by sm Stirling. Loved those books
Jollem - 9/16/2012, 1:22 AM
favs...why u drop the ball on Demon in a Bottle?
ThaReaperAssassin - 9/16/2012, 2:50 AM
Sh!t show. Time for the re-boot.
jj2112 - 9/16/2012, 12:04 PM
JJ Abrams has shown time and again that he can't end his shows in a satisfying way... Alias, Lost, Alcatraz, Fringe (what's happening now has nothing to do with how the show started)... The only good thing here is Kripke, at least he delivered on the whole yellow-eyed demon plot.
Ceejay - 9/17/2012, 1:36 AM
Pilot was pretty solid, intriguing premise and some fine fight choreography. People complaining about the acting being the worse they've obviously haven't watched half the shows on CW.

A high potential series, hope it gets a full season.
UltimateHunt - 9/17/2012, 10:20 AM
I saw it on Hulu, im from chicago and for been film here well i saw it thats why, it gave me an extra push. well to the point it looks really good or that it WILL get really good. the pilot is okay, not good and not that bad however i got the feeling it will turn good or it that is going somewhere. hopes it continues w/ director J. V. and J.J producer. Also for this fall tv i recommend this shows if you wanna look for them Chicago Fire, Mob Doctor, guys w/ kids(Jimmy Fallon) new girl(its funny sometimes)stars earn stripes(terry crews/eve torres) ben and kate(the actor is the writer of the desendants,weird right) and of course Arrow

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