ThinkMcFly got the opportunity to talk to “FlashForward” producer, Marc Guggenheim, about the upcoming ABC series.
The plot is adapted from the 1999 book “Flashforward” by Robert J. Sawyer.
“I like to use the phrase ‘inspired by.’ [The show's writers] took the storyline in a different direction than the novel,” said Guggenheim. “If you read the book and find the concept intriguing, you will really enjoy what David (Goyer) and Brannon (Braga) did with it.”
One major change from the book to the television show involves how far into the future people see when they back out.
“We’ve obviously changed it from 21 years to six months,” said Guggenheim. “The real appeal when you are doing a television series is getting to see the payoff of when the future becomes the present. David and Brannon made the decision to have that payoff come in the first season.”
One aspect of the show that has people talking is the high caliber of its cast. “Flash Forward” features Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport and Courtney B. Vance. That cast was one of the factors that intrigued Guggenheim.
“I wish I could take credit for the cast,” he said, “but I got involved after the cast was put together.”
According to Guggenheim, the show has the ability to sustain a high level of quality over a number of seasons.
“We figure it can go seven years pretty comfortably,” he said. “At a minimum, we figure we would need three seasons [to tell the story].”
Guggenheim said he believes “Flash Forward” can achieve success on the level of “Lost.”
“I have a feeling people will start talking about ‘Flash Foward’ once they see it,” he said. “I think that show will inspire that much interest.”
You can read the rest of the Marc Guggenheim interview here (featuring Eli Stone, Green Lantern, Video Game and Comic Book thoughts).
FlashForward premieres September 24 on ABC.