As some of you know, I was running around pretty crazily during Comic-Con last week, trying to cover as many press rooms and panels as possible. While I wasn’t able to hit everything, I certainly can’t complain — the events I was able to fit into my schedule were well worth missing some others for.
One press room I was able to squeeze in the final minutes of was that of TNT’s new sci-fi series, Falling Skies. Haven’t heard of it? Well, that’s not surprising, as it’s not due to premiere until sometime next summer. My guess is they wanted to drum up interest for the show now, since it should jive better with the Comic-Con crowds than something like Nurse Jackie, and it’ll probably premiere before next year’s ‘Con. Besides, it has Steven Spielberg behind it, so that’s gotta mean something, right?
I didn’t have a chance to get in on the table interviews, but I found my chance to ask Falling Skies star Noah Wyle about a subject that’s actually been pretty popular as a post here at CliqueClack for a while now: what’s the status of that Librarian theatrical movie that producer Dean Devlin mentioned last year, which he said should have started shooting at the end of 2009?
Noah Wyle: I dunno what to say about that. Y’know, I love Dean’s enthusiasm about wanting to bring it to the big screen. I have a little trepidation about making that jump. If I had my druthers, we’d make about five or six more of these for TNT. On TNT, they’re monumental achievements, given the budgets we worked with and the time frames we had to shoot them in. When you decide to play professional ball and go up against movies, our meager 12-million-dollar budget is going to be compared to those hundred-million-dollar movies. And, suddenly, what kind of makes us special is our tongue-in-cheek, not taking itself too seriously….
Me: So you’re not sure you’d want to do it, if it came to that. Is that what you’re saying?
Noah Wyle: Oh I would do it, absolutely. I miss it so much, I can’t even tell you. In fact, I’m not shy to say that one of the big reasons I wanted to do this series (Falling Skies) for TNT is that Dean’s got his show (Leverage), I’ve got my show, and we can apply — pun intended — “celebrities” to TNT to make some more Librarian movies.
What do you think? Should the Librarian series remain on TV with its smaller budgets, or could it successfully make the leap to the big screen?