When Steven Spielberg heads back to the small screen, he has the clout to bring a few movie stars with him. His latest? Halle Berry, who has signed on for his new sci-fi series Extant.
Developed for CBS, the Spielberg-produced series will follow an astronaut (Berry) who returns home to her family after a year-long solo mission in space. That’s intriguing in itself, but the sci-fi element comes in when her experiences could “ultimately change the course of human history.”
Relatively untested writer Mickey Fisher is handling the script, and Berry will serve as a co-executive producer on the project, along with Spielberg and a few others. Much as Under the Dome served as an “event series” this summer, Extant would launch summer 2014 in a similar fashion.
Obviously, this is a pretty big deal. Berry is a legit movie star, and bringing her onto gives this project a ton of clout (especially when combined with Spielberg’s presence). It’ll be interesting to see how this one comes together.
Here’s what Spielberg had to say about the project:
“There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen EXTANT to expand her illustrious career. As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”
Berry also sounds pretty psyched to try out series television, and noted the shooting schedule should still fit in between her big-screen commitments:
“I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium. For five months a year I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one. I’ve found amazing partners in CBS’s Nina Tassler and Les Moonves, and the incredible Steven Spielberg, along with his Amblin production team, whose vision and creativity in storytelling is unparalleled.”
Considering that Under the Dome was a breakout hit this year, it’s no surprise the network is doubling down on the “big” summer series concept. Combined with season two of Under the Dome, CBS should have one heck of a one-two punch in the dog days of 2014.
Do you plan on checking this one out?