Luc Besson will direct the pilot episode of Artificial Intelligence, a new sci-fi series he’s co-creating for TNT
EuropaCorp TV USA announced today that TNT has picked up their original science fiction series, Artificial Intelligence. The show will be penned by Luc Besson and Bill Wheeler, who together will co-create and executive produce the series. Artificial Intelligence marks the first time Besson has written a television series for the US market. Besson is considering directing the pilot as well, which would be another first for the film director.
In the series, an artificial intelligence entity escapes its laboratory confinement and begins a methodical quest to carry out mysterious plans. The creator of the AI assembles a team of specialists to discern its objective, while simultaneously working to counter its rapid maneuvers and warn the world of imminent dangers.
Also serving as executive producers on Artificial Intelligence are Matthew Gross (Body of Proof, Sons of Liberty), Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros. The project is a co-production between EuropaCorp TV USA and TNT Studios.
Bill Wheeler’s upcoming projects include The Queen of Katwe, starring David Oleyowo and Lupita N’yongo, which Disney is releasing next year. He also scripted DreamWorks‘ upcoming Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johanssen. Most recently, Wheeler – along with his brother Tom Wheeler – was tapped to write the upcoming LEGO franchise feature, Ninjago.
Luc Besson, meanwhile, has written, directed and produced over 100 feature films over the last thirty years, including La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, the Transporter franchise and the Taken franchise. He is also an Executive Producer on the upcoming Taken TV series for NBC.
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