Heroes Creator Tim Kring Provides An Update On Heroes Reborn Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.14.2014
It will focus on new characters...
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Heroes creator Tim Kring spoke about Heroes Reborn, which he says will focus on new characters. This especially seems like the case after names like Ali Larter (Niki and Barbara Sanders) and Zachary Quinto (Sylar) have said they likely won't be involved. Here are highlights:
On his pitch for the return of the series: "To be honest, it wasn't a pitch from me, it was a pitch from NBC to me. They saw the value in that franchise and brand and asked if I was interested in helming it again. And we had left the story in a place where we had more story to tell. So given the opportunity, I had ideas of where I wanted the story to go originally when we were hoping for a fifth season and so when we were given the opportunity five years later, some of those same thoughts were there as to where this story goes. But five years had passed and I also had new ideas on how to reboot the brand in a way that gives people a whole fresh take on the series with a whole host of new characters but gives you that sense of you're in that world of Heroes you're familiar with."
On if any old characters will be back: "The vast, vast majority are brand new characters, brand new ideas. [Bringing back previous characters is] really only to give a sense of continuity and a tether to the original world. If it was all completely brand new, we'd miss certain elements that need to be there to give you that bridge to cross to something new. I approached Coleman because he was a character who had a spine through the series that allowed you to meet new characters. So he's a character I wanted to make sure had a little part at the beginning of this thing."
On if there's anything he plans to do differently: "The big one we already touched on, and that's to know where you're going from the very beginning with a set number of episodes. We knew where we were going with each volume, but we never knew when the series was going to end and whether to kill off certain characters. We have a set number of episodes and whether it ever returns after that is unknown and there's freedom in that."