One heist at a time…

There’s some new info regarding SLINGERS up on the Sleepydog website. The thing to remember is that all this is pre-pilot. Details will change and all the material we’ve blogged so far should not be considered truly representative of what the final sizzle reel will look like. The sizzle will in turn inform what needs tweaking for the pilot. But all this stuff so far is purely promotional or rough cut quality. We’re taking a few risks putting so much material out so early, but I push for this kind of thing working on other people’s projects so it would be a tad hypocritical not to give it a go on my own show.

The title above for example is simply a placeholder at the end of the rough cut. That said, I like the feel of it already. I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who are used to knocking the ball the fuck out of the park on the first swing.

So for those that didn’t know and want a little more background:

Slingers is set in the year 2960 A.D., following mankind’s first interplanetary war. Humanity is now clustered into a finite, but still vast section of the universe known as Enclosed Space. Humanity won the war with an aggressive alien enemy, but at a cost. The way back to Earth is now cut off by an impassable barrier – a side effect of the blast that finally pushed the enemy back.

The show takes its name from a group of people thrown together on board an experimental spacecraft that is capable of Slinging itself to any point in space. In theory it’s the only craft capable of getting home. In reality the crew are using it to carry out a series of high tech heists and get even with those who are now exploiting their positions in the post war hierarchy.

Dominic ‘DM’ Monroe, a special ops war veteran becomes the de facto leader of this small team of thieves who rail against the decision by military command to just ‘stay where they are and make the best of it’. They’re determined to get home and if that means breaking a few rules and picking up a lot of enemies along the way then so be it.

A few more pics. The last for now. But I’ll probably have a little video at some point….

Steve Barron

Adrian Bower

Tom Mison

Haruka Abe

GUN (and Tom)


Junior – MECH FIVE

5 thoughts on “One heist at a time…

  1. Looking good, and very exciting! Can’t wait to see the sizzle reel.

    So one question I have is, as I understand a traditional pilot launch, the studio/network’s choice to pick up a show is based on how it tests, obviously, but also on its ratings potential. However, something like this with likely international appeal and cult potential, how might that figure into a decision? Because it seems that something like Firefly may not have done well in the ratings (or at the box office), but there is certainly still making money through merchandising, DVDs, downloads, etc.

    Short version of the question is, would a network look beyond local tests and local ratings potential to the wider, Web-enabled market?

  2. Hey Jackson,

    Well something like Firefly came with a certain pedigree that opened a lot of doors very quickly. Shame they slammed shut just as hard. But we’re not going the studio route at this stage. The majority of new TV is sourced internally by each studio/network. What we’ve done is get the distribution out of the way first. That means we’re committed to making the pilot and it will find a home. In lots of ways the sizzle reel was an experiment and an opportunity to see what works, but also one hell of a calling card.

    But we’ve already attracted a lot of talent both in front of the camera and behind the scenes that is firmly at odds with someone like me (a complete unknown) being the creator/writer. The concept has been strong enough from day one to get people to sit up and take notice – thanks to Sleepydog’s robust creative method. We found what people were hungry for, made sure we ticked a few basic boxes and then layered the fuck out of the concept. That lead to having this cast and crew on board and that in turn helps a lot.

    We’ll know more about how the big American networks feel about Slingers once the sizzle has been distributed to the right desks, but the aim was always to get this on American TV first. We’ve just been lucky that our approach has lead to such a strong Brit feel. But we’ll be tweaking the concept as we go. And I should add I’m more at home in FinalDraft than *that* side of things, but meetings are happening and I’m confident we’ll get the pilot away.

    Short answer though is that it all depends on if the people making the final decision give a damn about international appeal and cult potential. We hope to have enough safe guards in place that even if it falls over that hurdle it still stands out as a franchise that can run and run.

    I’ll bring you up to speed the next time I’m in town.

  3. Cheryl says:

    I’m right there with Jackson. This looks great, and I’m excited to see the sizzle if I get the change. You’re getting ahead on the cult side of things – I’m already feeling the slight obsessive twinges of a true fangirl just from reading what you’ve already posted. The sci-fi offerings over here are so few and far between that fans are forced to seek it out and lobby the American networks hard just to get a chance to see it made and keep it going. Given the Firefly example I don’t think the American networks listen to their public much. But if there’s anything I, as a member of the American sci-fi viewing public, can do … well, you let me know.

  4. Hi Cheryl,

    Glad to have you on board. We’re doing our level best to offer something that’s not easily ignored. But if everything else fails we’ll just get Junior to ‘lean’ on them…

  5. Based just on this post, my first thought was “Firefly” which was my gateway drug to Joss Whedon.

    May Slingers have a better fate than Firefly. Looking forward to it.

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