WATCH: Condor showrunners on their first genre loves, including ThunderCats

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Feb 15, 2018

Last year, AT&T Audience Network introduced us to their adaptation of Stephen King's crime thriller Mr. Mercedes (which picked up a Season 2 renewal). This year, viewers will be treated to Condor, a conspiracy thriller based on James Grady's novel Six Days of the Condor and Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel’s movie screenplay Three Days of the Condor.

The 10-episode series written and executive produced by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg stars Max Irons as Joe Turner (the Robert Redford role from the 1975 movie) and will follow the young CIA analyst as he stumbles onto a frightening conspiracy that threatens the lives of millions of people. Slated to debut on June 6, the series also features a stellar cast in William Hurt, Mira Sorvino, Bob Balaban and Brendan Fraser (Rick O’Connell from The Mummy trilogy), whose villainous character, Nathan, is described by Fraser as "a nasty piece of work."

SYFY WIRE's Tara Bennett sat down with Smilovic and Katzberg for an interview where the dynamic duo was asked to share with us the very first thing they geeked out about, whether it be film, TV, comics or books.


Much like Final Space's Tika Sumpter, what Katzberg really geeked out about as a kid was the ThunderCats cartoon, which ran from 1985 to 1989 (and even spawned a side-scrolling video game titled ThunderCats: The Lost Eye of Thundera in 1987). As for Smilovic, what became his gateway into nerddom as an eight-year-old were the G.I. Joe comics.

Check out our video interview for more, including a funny discussion about ThunderCats' Snarf as being some sort of precursor to Game of Thrones' Hodor. Hodor!

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.