The show sounds very much in everyone’s wheelhouse: It focuses on the disappearance, 30 years ago, of a group of Alcatraz prisoners and guards who appear again today. Island? Mystery? Time-travel? Check, check, check. And it has one of the best parts of “Lost”: the star who played Hurley. Garcia will play an Alcatraz expert hippie geek, Deadline says.
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The show is the second upcoming Abrams-backed pilot to feature “Lost” talent. NBC’s “Odd Jobs” has signed Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn.
“Alcatraz” was written on spec by Sarnoff, who also wrote the final script and will serve as showrunner, and Steve Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, who worked on earlier versions. Fox bought the project in September from Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. TV.
Sarnoff, Abrams and Bryan Burk will executive produce, with Lilien and Wynbrandt co-executive producing and Danny Cannon directing the pilot, Deadline says. It is expected to shoot in San Francisco and Vancouver in January.