The River is going to Comic-Con 2011, which will be a great addition for the conference, but it could be pivotal to the show finding an audience and surviving the cuts of a crowded primetime TV schedule. Here is what you need to know about The River at this year’s Comic-Con.
We’ve blogged about The River for over a month now, which in many ways seems crazy considering the show won’t debut until December at the earliest or as late as March 2012. But it’s NOT crazy because The River will be one of the most talked about shows on television and it’s going to change television. Here’s why The River will be so very awesome.
The River will have wide international appeal with stars like Paulina Gaitan (Mexico), Joe Anderson (England), Luisana Lopilato (Argentina), Bruce Greenwood (Canada), Leslie Hope (Canada), Paul Blackthorne (England), Shaun Parkes (England), Daniel Zacapa (Honduras), Eloise Mumford (US), and Jeff Galfer (US). Stars like Gaitan and Lopilato are not yet well-known in the US, but they bring a strong international fan base.
Paulina Gaitan will play Jahel. Her character is a local girl with great mechanical skills. She is very skeptical of the rescue mission because she knows that nobody comes back from that area of the river, called Boiúna. Jahel only speaks Portuguese.
Outside of The River, Gaitan is known for her roles in Sin Nombre, Trade, and We Are What We Are.
— Update —
We forgot Thomas Kretschmann from Germany!
“THE RIVER is a solid sleeper, a pleasurably nerve-rattling B-movie creepfest set on the Amazon. ABC is holding it for midseason, where at the very least it should stand out from other network arrivals.”
Joe Anderson, from the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1 & 2, stars as Lincoln Cole in The River. We don’t know much about his character yet, except that he felt distanced from his father, Emmet. Lincoln seems to have gladly moved on when his father goes missing, and he seems all too bothered when his mother Tess tries to convince him that Emmet is still alive.
I’m sure that Lincoln will be among the most interesting characters in The River, because he is a doubter. A doubter in himself, his father and his mother. He is also a skeptic when it comes to the “magic” of the Amazon. Lincoln will likely be our most transformative character. He will give up his heavy drinking and meandering ways to become a believer.
See also: They Found His Beacon – a video excerpt from the Pilot featuring Joe Anderson and Leslie Hope
The story keep unfolding:
To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son Lincoln (Joe Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother Tess (Leslie Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer Clark (Paul Blackthorne) film the mission documentary-style.
The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa) and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann). Once they find The Magus, the real adventure begins. In the search for Dr. Cole, they will encounter a scary new mystery each week, while struggling with their own personal jealousies, insecurities, secrets and desires. As they venture further into the Amazon, away from the world they know, the crew of The Magus will discover a place where one bad decision can be fatal, and where powerful magic is as real as science.
From Deadline: Hollywood:
After a bidding war, The River, a horror drama in the mold of Paranormal Activity about a family who travels to the deep Amazon to locate and rescue their missing father, landed at ABC in September with a big put pilot commitment. Paranormal Activity writer-director Oren Peli co-wrote the first draft with Paranormal Activity 2 scribe Michael Perry. After ABC was not quite happy with the script, Heroes veteran and Kings creator Michael Green did a p.1 rewrite, which the network now greenlighted. Peli is executive producing with his producing partner Jason Blum and DreamWorks TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. This is the third pilot for DreamWorks TV this season, along with Smash at NBC and Locke & Key at Fox.