Luc Besson

TNT made a major play in acquiring Artificial Intelligence, a new show that will revolve around an “escaped” AI, and the efforts to monitor, stop, prevent, understand whatever it may be trying to do. The show is written by Luc Besson (who may direct the pilot) and Bill Wheeler, and marks a new step in TNT’s growing effort to include… “out of the ordinary” programming.

With Lucy 2 and the massive-budget Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets already on his plate, this shift in gears may make for one of television’s most interesting new shows. Considering the rather open description, which could lead us through a unique vision of what it means to live with an AI “out there,” there’s no telling exactly where this show could take audiences.

Still, this one might really come down to casting, and like a lot of Luc Besson’s projects, it’s hard to consider it a sure thing without a lot more information.

 


 

EuropaCorp TV USA announced today the sale of Artificial Intelligence to TNT. The show will be penned by Luc Besson and Bill Wheeler, who together will co-create and executive produce the series. AI 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 acclaimed film director.
In AI, 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 EP¹s on AI are Matthew Gross (BODY OF PROOF, SONS OF LIBERTY, upcoming TAKEN series), 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 “Queen of Katwe”, starring David Oleyowo and Lupita N’yongo which Disney is releasing next year, and DreamWorks “Ghost in the Shell” directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Scarlett Johanssen and Sam Riley, to be released in 2017. Most recently, Wheeler – along with his brother Tom Wheeler – was tapped to write the upcoming Lego franchise: “Ninjago².
Luc Besson has written, directed and produced over 100 feature films over the last thirty years including acclaimed movies such as LA FEMME NIKITA, LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, the TRANSPORTER franchise, the billion-dollar TAKEN franchise, LUCY as well as the upcoming $200 million dollar space-opera VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS. He is also an Executive Producer on the upcoming TV adaptation of TAKEN for NBC.
EuropaCorp Television finances, produces, and distributes television shows for American networks and around the world, and most recently sold TAKEN straight to series to NBC, as well as projects to Amazon, FOX and ABC. EuropaCorp TV Studios USA is headed by Matthew Gross.

Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.