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Bryan Fuller on his repurposed High Moon TV movie: 'I think we imagined too great'

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Sep 15, 2014

Forget NFL football and Dancing With the Stars — there’s a wild, outside-the-box sci-fi epic on tonight, created by genre auteur Bryan Fuller. They just, you know, might’ve gone a little too far outside the box with this one.

Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) has been cooking up the Syfy series High Moon for years, and after bouncing from miniseries to series and back again, the pilot is finally being aired as a TV movie tonight on the cable network. So what does Fuller have to say now that we finally get a peek at his sci-fi passion project?

He doesn’t sound too embittered by the fact that the project didn’t move forward as a full series, and in classic Fuller fashion, he is unabashedly proud to have embraced all the weirdness and insanity to make the two-hour pilot his own. It sounds like a zany, ambitious sci-fi project — and we can’t wait to get a look at it.

Here are some excerpts from what Fuller had to say in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:

“Return with us to a bygone era when science fiction was fun, and see giant human cephalopods, giant robot dinosaurs, [and] gay Russian spies. We need to remind ourselves that the moon is up there and [it's] still waiting for us to explore it … 

[We're] taking the bare basics … of discovering an alien plant form on the moon and blowing it up. Basically, The Lotus Caves … it’s a children’s book, so the main characters are all, like, 11 and 12, and it’s all about what it’s like to grow up on the moon. I had actually met with the producers of this project a few months before Jim [Danger Gray, writer] did, and they showed me some animatics. And I [wasn't] particularly interested. And then Jim was like, ‘I think there’s a fun way to make this James Bond on the moon.’ And I was like, ‘That I can get behind.’

One of the most fun parts of breaking that process with Jim was [when] we were at some point in, like, Act 6 or 7 of a two-hour pilot, and he was like, ‘I just wish a giant robot would just come along and save the day.’ And I was like, ‘Let’s have a giant robot come along and save the day!’ It really was about taking the SyFy motto of ‘Imagine greater’ to literal lengths—and I think we imagined too great. [Laughs]”

The full interview is well worth a read, and includes some great stuff on the Russian spy angle and the other aspects that attracted him to the project. We’re sad to know it won’t be moving forward as a series, but we can at least take solace in this intriguing pilot, which gives us a glimpse at what could’ve been.

The two-hour TV movie High Moon airs tonight in prime time on Syfy. Be sure to set your DVR, or better yet, watch it live and give Fuller's ill-fated sci-fi epic a little boost.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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