After scoring the surprise hit Revolution last season, NBC is hoping to double down on high-concept sci-fi with a pilot commitment for a new future-set prison-break series. Welcome to Paradise.
The show would focus on a wrongly convicted doctor who gets sent to Paradise, aka the remnants of Las Vegas, which has been converted into a super-max prison. Think Prison Break meets Escape From New York. It’s definitely intriguing, but it’ll take one heck of a good mythology to pull it off.
Luckily, Arrow producer Greg Berlanti is teaming up with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith to make it happen. Sure, Grahame-Smith’s resume is a little shaky, but Berlanti has more than proven he can make good TV the past year.
Here’s the full synopsis, via TV Line:
In the late 21st century, the city of Las Vegas has become the world’s biggest maximum-security prison, which is known as Paradise. When a doctor named Matthew Turner is wrongly jailed for a murder he didn’t commit, he struggles to find a way to become the facility’s first-ever escapee.
It’ll be interesting to see if this one makes it through the development process, but Berlanti and Grahame-Smith are solid names to have calling the shots. If they can get the scope to work on a TV budget, this could be one to watch.
Ironically enough, there has been a (raved-about) script called Super Max bouncing around development for years, which would star Green Arrow escaping from a prison packed with supervillains. Obviously, this isn’t that, but you’ve got to admit it’s a little funny.
What do you think? Does this sound like a series you’d like to see?
(Via TV Line)