You can tell a lot about the collective psyche of the populace by the prevalent trends in science fiction. And pandemics are hot right now. The Walking Dead, Contagion, the potential of a sweeping global disease is on people’s minds at the moment. With all of this popular success (Josh wrote a great piece about the state of sci-fi earlier today) TNT and Michael Bay are forming some sort of super group and getting in on the act, developing a new series The Last Ship.
The show will follow the crew of a ship that is at sea when the globe is ravaged by disease. They have to soldier on, so to speak, and find a new place to settle and start a colony.
Here’s what the TNT press release says about The Last Ship:
In this exciting action/adventure project based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, the crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic decimates most of the earth’s population. Michael Bay (Transformers) intends to direct the pilot if it is green lit. Executive Producers: Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Hank Steinberg (showrunner and writer) and Steve Kane (writer). Production Company: Platinum Dunes.
It looks like the show will change a few things from source, to update the story to go with the flow of modern times. Brinkley’s book first appeared in 1989, and the cataclysmic event was a brief, full-scale nuclear war, not a worldwide epidemic. How times have changed.
I know a lot of people wish a plague of boils upon Michael Bay. While much of the ire is well earned (primarily for enabling a string of unnecessary horror remakes), I have a special place in my heart for the man and his work. I can’t stand the Transformers movies, but Armageddon incredible (and always on TV), Pearl Harbor is the funniest movie I’ve ever seen (not kidding), and Bad Boys II is the best action movie produced in my lifetime (also not a joke). Especially if he does wind up directing the pilot, it’ll be curious to see how Bay’s epic sense of scale and lightning fast editing style translates to the small screen. I’ll give The Last Ship a shot, and I’m curious what you all think.