I’m always excited to hear about new science fiction projects. Even if they eventually flame out, at first they’re nothing but potential, an ideal bit of genre awesomeness that will eventually be lived up to…or dumbed down. All that being said, I must confess I’m more than a little skeptical to learn of an upcoming ABC science fiction thriller series called a Mila 2.0. While the concept has potential, it’s being developed by Shonda Rhimes, she of Grey’s Anatomy. We should probably expect more soap opera than space opera.
THR says that Rhimes is teaming with Grey’s Anatomy exec producer Betsy Beers and David DiGilo for the project, which follows a young woman who discovers that she is actually a Mobile Intel Life-like Android — MILA — who was designed for covert work by the U.S. government. At least until she began to develop emotions and her scientist “mother” kidnapped her. Rhimes, Beers, and DiGilo will executive produce Mila 2.0, with DiGilo also writing the script. One of DiGilo’s previous produced credits was the Disney sled dog movie, Eight Below. Count that as another potential strike against. On the other hand he’s also penning the upcoming Tron: Legacy sequel. Hopefully that means he’s got at least some talent when it comes to SF storytelling.
Mila 2.0 is based on an upcoming young adult novel of the same name, written by Debra Driza. With The Hunger Games taking of the mantle of “hot young adult series of the moment,” it’s no surprise to see studios looking for what could become the Next Big Thing. Mila 2.0 will be published in March 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.