Fox Tests Artificial Intelligence With ‘Familiar’

By December 26, 2016
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Westworld‘s influence on television already is being felt after Fox moves forward on development of an artificial intelligence series of its own: Familiar.

So far, the network only is looking for a script from Heather V. Regnier, according to Deadline, whose writing credits include TNT’s Falling Skies and Fox’s own Sleepy Hollow.

Regnier’s most recent episode in that series was “Incommunicado,” which aired last March.

Familiar is set in 2029, the year A.I. robotics will go the path of the personal computer – or so is the hope of the Wiercinskis, the family behind Luminary, the first mainstream consumer-oriented robotics company.

The project follows the powerful and dysfunctional family as they navigate their own personal and familial relationships in an ever-changing world that they had a significant (if sometimes unethical) hand in shaping.

The series will be produced by Temple Hill Entertainment, the same company behind the Twilight vampire film series and the later Maze Runner film series. The Twilight films earned $3.3 billion in worldwide box office between 2008 and 2012, while Maze Runner has not done nearly as well, grossing about $659 million through two films.

This isn’t the only project Regnier is working on, according to the trade publication. She’s also a consulting producer on TNT’s attempt to bring Snowpiercer to the small screen.

A decision on if this project will get a pilot commitment could be made by spring.

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  • John Ikarus

    Haley Joel Osment was excellent in A.I.
    When i watch movie i think of how bad the kid actor in Star Wars Phantom Menace was. Why couldn’t they find someone like Joel?