Studios drooling over unknown writer’s sci-fi script?

May 26, 2013

The Wrap reports that Mickey Fisher, an unknown and unsigned writer until recently, has film studios drooling over his script titled EXTANT for weeks. The one problem is that Extant isn’t a film script, but a TV series.

Fisher wrote Extant as a TV pilot. It’s a one-hour sci-fi drama “about John and Molly Watts and their son, a human-like robot named Ethan. Molly, the space-traveling wife, is also pregnant with a baby that is part human and part alien. The family intrigue deepens in subsequent episodes.

Multiple agencies sought to sign the writer after reading the script, and WME won out. WME and manager Brooklyn Weaver, who discovered Fisher, sent the script around to the studios who are looking for a high-concept script mixing sci-fi and familial drama.

Everyone is freaking out about it,” an agent at a rival firm said to The Wrap. “It’s A.I. as a TV series.

Although the script is only 56 pages, it introduces several plotlines and interconnected characters that would be difficult to resolve in a single film. The script is written in five acts, taking place on earth and in a space station.

Warner Bros. still made an offer to acquire the project and turn it into a movie, according to multiple individuals inside and outside the studio, but now the studio is talking with Fisher about acquiring a different pitch. The studio declined to comment.

WME and Weaver always harbored dreams of turning Extant into a TV series with Steven Spielberg producing. They are halfway there: Amblin TV, which produced “ER” and “The Americans,” is developing and packaging it. It remains unclear if Spielberg will take a credit, though his involvement would make it even more attractive to networks.

Will it be worth all the hype? We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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