You may not recognize the face in the photo above, but you will definitely recognize the feature film that made him famous: David Magee adapted the screenplay for Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' from Yann Martel's hit novel. 'Life of Pi' earned an impressive four Academy Awards and skyrocketed Magee to the upper echelon of Hollywood screenwriters. So how is he following up his greatest success to date? By leaping from the silver to the small screen.
Magee has teamed up with Michael Green for a high concept sci-fi drama project which has found its way over to ABC. Magee wrote the project, entitled 'Travelers,' with Green supervising. Green is the producer of series like 'Heroes,' 'Kings' and 'The River,' as well as the writer of feature films including the poorly-received 'Green Lantern,' which starred Ryan Reynolds. Magee is the screenwriter behind 'Finding Neverland,' 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' and the aforementioned 'Life of Pi,' which happen to be three of my mother's favorite films. So, he passes that informal test.
'Travelers' centers on a man who brings his family to a wake for the father he never knew, only to discover that the doors inside his father’s estate are time portals which trap them in the house and send them on a journey through history. It's an interesting concept, blending family drama with historical adventure. Admittedly, the concept sounds more like a feature film than an ongoing series; it seems like once the main issue is resolved, the story would come to a close. We'll have to wait and see what tricks Magee has up his sleeve in order to keep the plot marching forward. Hopefully, with Green's television experience, the pair will head in a strong direction.
The sale brings Green back to ABC where he had another high-concept project through 20th TV two season ago, 'Gotham,' which had a strong showing as a pilot and nearly received a series order. Here's hoping 'Travelers' has more luck.