'Heroes' Reboot Coming to NBC in 2015, Show Creator Shares on New Cast, Plot & More
"Heroes: Reborn" is coming to NBC in 2015 and will air as a 13-episode miniseries. We now know that Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet) will be back, but who else will be joining the cast from the original "Heroes" seres?
Here is what we know about cast members so far. Ali Larter (Niki and Jessica Sanders) told reporters she couldn't join due to her show "Legends" on TNT and Zachary Quinto (Sylar) said his schedule is likewise full ("I've been in touch with Tim and he told me they were doing this and we left the door open for me to be involved, the trouble is really my availability .... at the same time I'm very interested in forward momentum, I'm very interested in expanding and defying people's expectations of me. I don't know that going back to such a definitely iconic character would necessarily do that.")
"Heroes" Creator Tim Kring took some burning questions from EW about bringing back the 2006 hit series.
Can you give a sense of what that vision is?
TM: "It takes place in a post-season 4 universe. So it will tie into some of the ideas that were left dangling."
One of the first comments people seem to have when hearing about this project, was that some wished you wouldn't bringing back previous characters, that you'd start entirely fresh. Can you talk about the decision to return to old characters and how much focus will they have?
TM: "The vast, vast majority are brand new characters, brand new ideas. [Bringing back previous characters is] really only to give a sense of continuity and a tether to the original world. If it was all completely brand new, we'd miss certain elements that need to be there to give you that bridge to cross to something new. I approached Coleman because he was a character who had a spine through the series that allowed you to meet new characters. So he's a character I wanted to make sure had a little part at the beginning of this thing."
Heroes arguably started the modern-day surge of super-hero TV shows, yet it's often remembered more for criticisms about its later seasons than what it started. To some extent do you see this as an opportunity to change the narrative that's been built around the show?
TM: "I'm not really looking at it in those terms. I was always excited to start every season. Obviously as somebody who grows and matures as a writer and storyteller, I'm hoping the time away from the show will bring a freshness to it. I always saw Heroes as having a message about hope and global connectivity and consciousness and those are even more solidified in me as I get older and I think i have just as much to say about it as in the beginning of the series. I still have a lot more story to tell.
Read the whole interview with Creator Tim Kring and Entertainment Weekly HERE.
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