The hit alien-invasion drama Falling Skies will be under new leadership if TNT decides to bring it back for season four, and outgoing showrunner Remi Aubuchon (Persons Unknown, Caprica) has opened up about the “excruciating” decision to leave the series behind.
Aubuchon has been calling the shot the past two seasons on the Steven Spielberg production, but will hand the reins over to Battlestar Galactica alum David Eick if the series makes it another year.
So why is he jumping ship? Because he wants to write sci-fi novels, not TV shows.
Here’s how he explained the decision in an interview with Collider:
“It was excruciating. I’m not getting any younger, and I’ve had this life-long dream of wanting to write science fiction novels. The unfortunate thing that I figured out is that, when you’re a showrunner, that’s all you can do. I just felt like, if I was going to do that, now was the time. I have a strong affection for the people I worked with and for the show itself. Maybe if I were 20 years younger, I wouldn’t care and I would just keep going, but I really feel I need to pursue this road. It was all with good thoughts.
I even actually told them, when I took the job at the beginning, that I didn’t know how long I would stay. I signed up for two years, and two years was good, but I’d always had this notion that, as I got to this point in my career, I really wanted to try to pursue the dream of writing novels, and I hope it’s not an elusive dream. So, I think that was understood. I wasn’t going around saying, ‘Well, do what you want the fourth season. I don’t care!’ I love this show and I’m incredibly invested in it, but this was a very tough season. It’s a tough show to produce, anyways, but the challenges this season were huge. I got to the end of this season and I, along with pretty much everybody else, was just exhausted. I thought to myself, ‘I’m not sure if I’ve got another season left in me here, physically, to keep up with it.’ It wasn’t an easy decision. I love everybody and I love the show."
Aubuchon has done an admirable job with the series, though we are excited to see what Eick could do with the franchise. He’s responsible for some of the cooler parts of Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot, and is just the man to dig deeper into the resistance.
What do you think of Aubuchon's decision to leave? Are you glad to see Eick taking over?