Monday, July 25, 2011

SDCC Alcatraz Panel Summary

A panel was held at the San Diego Comic-Con to introduce fans to Alcatraz, the new show for Fox coming next January that is executive produced by JJ Abrams. The panel revealed a little bit more about the show which involves 256 inmates of 1963 Alcatraz suddenly arriving in the present. Below is the summary of the panel from Collider.
“Certainly there’s no better show” than “Lost,” Sarnoff said after screening the “Alcatraz” pilot episode Saturday evening in Ballroom 20. But “we’re our own show. We want to do our own thing…. We’re thrilled to be doing something else that will hopefully be somewhere near as entertaining.”

“Alcatraz” tells the story of 256 of the country’s most notorious murderers, rapists and thieves who vanish from Alcatraz in 1963, only to turn up one by one in present-day San Francisco — unaged and ready to commit more crimes. A detective (played by Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) teams up with a government agent (Sam Neill, “Jurassic Park”) and an Alcatraz expert (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”) to discover what happened to the “63s” and who’s pulling the strings behind their vanishing and reappearance.

“I definitely love working with these people,” Garcia told the packed ballroom, “because they make the television that I like to watch. To get to be a part of it is just, you know, this great bonus.”

“Alcatraz, I remember as a little kid, always scared the crap out of me,” [Director Jack] Bender said. “It’s dark, it’s ‘the Rock,’ it’s the island where all these bad people were in the middle of beautiful San Francisco Bay. So I think it has that allure still for people.”

“The big difference between this show and ‘Lost,’ I think, is that this show has an incredibly aggressive story engine,” she said. “I mean, these guys are back, and there’s going to be a bad guy they’re going to have to catch every week. And so that is certainly the biggest difference. And then, you know, we want to answer these questions. We want to explore the mythology. We want to do flashbacks and see Alcatraz in its heyday.”

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