NBC has given an early pilot order to 'Tin Man,' a sci-fi drama project from feature film writer Ehren Kruger. Kruger is a screenwriter for 'The Ring' and 'Transformers' franchises making his initial foray into the realm of television; that alone makes this a very exciting project to watch.
Set in the near future, 'Tin Man' is a psychological crime thriller that focuses on a fugitive robot accused of first-degree murder, who may hold the key to the future of human evolution, and the young female public defender forced to fight for his cause. The project has all of the hallmarks of great, heady sci-fi, drawing upon many of the philosophical conundrums inherent to the creation of an artificial intelligence. Just as 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' famously explored the humanity of the Enterprise's android crew member Data, 'Tin Man' seems poised to explore the concept of rights and the metaphysical being of a robot entity. These questions remain in the realm of science-fiction, but could very well become actual political issues within a few decades.
Kruger has co-written all three 'Transformers' sequels. Kruger has also written the feature films 'Arlington Road,' 'Scream 3,' 'Reindeer Games,' and 'The Brothers Grimm.' Bob Greenblatt, President of NBC, employed Kruger as his assistant seventeen years ago; now the pair are back in business together once again. NBC is on a roll at the moment, debuting several new series this Autumn to terrific numbers; it would seem they've already begun planning for the future in earnest.
Kruger will also act as Executive Producer on 'Tin Man' along with John Glenn, producer of the hit mini-series 'Hatfields & McCoys.'
Is there room for another android drama on television? Or has the concept been done to death?