Jon Favreau Dishes on J.J. Abrams' 'Revolution'

by ETonline Staff 7:00 AM PDT, July 27, 2012
Playing Jon Favreau Dishes on J.J. Abrams' 'Revolution'

Fans of J.J. Abram's Lost have something special to look forward to with the arrival of the writer/director/ producer's newest sci-fi series, Revolution.

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ET sat down with the pilot's director (and Iron Man helmer) Jon Favreau, who gave us an idea of what to expect this fall.

"One day, mysteriously and unexpectedly the lights all turn out. Electricity stops working and seemingly the laws of physics change," he explains of Revolution's backstory. "Americans are now living in a society without technology, so it explores what would happen if you no longer had the technology you've come to rely on, but it also follows the mysterious unfolding of how these events have come to take place and what the inner logic of it is."

As humanity struggles to cope with the aftermath of that fateful blackout, the action fantasy aims to tackle the concept of rebuilding order within society after a catastrophic event.

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"There's a group of people that are vying to get the power back on so it deals with a lot of different levels and, at the core, there are very strong characters in the family that has to come together over the course of all this adversity."

Favreau, a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre, reveals he was quickly drawn to the project by its fresh take on the subject matter.

"I'd heard they were trying to make Lord of the Rings in modern times in America, which seemed really strange to me," he said. "What was interesting about this is that it was told through the eyes of the younger characters so it was almost a romantic view of civilization being reclaimed by nature. The younger character Charlie, the lead female in the show, was a little kid when the lights went out 15 years before and so it does have a fantasy type of feel."

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Watch the video for more, including interviews with cast members Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos and Giancarlo Esposito.

You can catch the series premiere of Revolution September 17, 2012 on NBC.