I’ve been digging through the S&A archives, looking for Halloween-related material for obvious reasons. Earlier today, I shared Bree Newsome’s awesome 2011 dramatic-horror short film “Wake” (click here to watch it).
Here’s another oldie but goodie, this one from 2013 – award-winning playwright and screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins’ sci-fi series called “The Abandon.”
Keith produced a pilot episode for the proposed series (which is embedded below), using it as part of his sales pitch to help raise funds to complete an entire season, which, I assume, he’s still working on.
You may recall Keith’s intro post over the summer of 2013, when he was trying to raise funds for the project. I thought I’d let him speak for himself about “The Abandon,” as well as his motivation for making it; here’s an excerpt:
“Although shows like “Battlestar Galactica” and the short-lived “The 4400” intrigue and entertain, the amount of black and brown representation [in sci-fi] are usually limited.
And no, side-kicks and color-blind casting are not sufficient
representation. I love sci-fi. I particularly like sci-fi that explores
alien invasions. Ridley Scott’s “Alien” is
one of my favorite films and I can watch it every day and never get
bored. In my opinion, the film has the perfect mix of a singular alien
encounter and the expendability of human life, all played out in that
final (and often claustrophobic) frontier of space.
I also love horror, not slash for the sake of slash, but horror as in
terror, as in stories where people are literally (and legitimately)
fighting for their lives. Neil Marshall’s 2005 horror film “The Descent” is
a perfect example of that. A group of women go on a caving expedition
and discover creatures from the unknown and must fight for their lives
and each other.
My idea was to shape a sci-fi/horror series that’s part “Alien” and part “The Descent,” where a group of black men discover they may be the last
people of earth after an alien invasion.
“The Abandon” is my effort to see a group of smart black men handle an alien invasion. It’s that simple.”
Here’s the pilot episode again, if you missed it: