For his first venture into network TV, director Alex Proyas won’t be straying far from the dark urban settings, sci-fi themes, post-apocalyptic shadings and overall gothiness he’s explored in films such as “The Crow,” “Dark City” and “I, Robot.” As reported by Deadline, Proyas is attached to direct and exective produce a fantasy-tinged sci-fi drama entitled “Evolve” for ABC.
Based on the “Toxic City” trilogy of novels by British author Tim Lebbon, “Evolve” is being written and executive produced by Jaime Paglia, co-creator of the Syfy series “Eureka.” Lebbon’s website describes his novels as “‘The Hunger Games’ meets ‘The X-Men'” as a city (London in the books, Los Angeles in the TV show) is quarantined by the military after an attack with a mysterious biological agent. A group of people on the outside who don’t believe the government is telling the truth about what happened go in search of familiy members still inside the city and discover that some of the survivors have been developing powers — special abilities the government wants to experiment with or destroy.
“Evolve” is being produced by ABC Studios. “London Eye,” the first book in Lebbon’s trilogy, hit shelves a month ago. In 2007, Lebbon wrote the novelization of the movie “30 Days of Night,” itself adapted from a comic book.
Proyas’ last feature was the Nicolas Cage film “Knowing,” and he has an adaptation of the Robert A. Heinlein novella “The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag” in development.