USA has given a series order to Falling Water, the supernatural thriller pilot from the late Henry Bromell (Homeland), Brotherhood creator Blake Masters and The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.
Masters and Bromell, who previously had worked together on Brotherhood and Rubicon, wrote Falling Water — set in the world of dreams and subconsciousness — on spec before the Homeland executive producer’s sudden death in March 2013. The idea came up in a general meeting the two took with Hurd. “When we discussed arenas of interest, the dream world was one that fascinated all of us,” she said. Masters and Bromell sent her the Falling Water spec, which she loved, and the three had a notes meeting about two weeks before Bromell passed away.
It was too difficult for everyone to work on the project immediately after the tragedy, so they began developing it about a year later at Universal Cable Prods. where Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment has a deal. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) came on board as a director, and the script was taken to USA whose executives loved it and picked it up to pilot starring David Ajala, Will Yun Lee and Lizzie Brochere.
“Falling Water captivated us with its cinematic journey and unique exploration into the power of the dream world,” said Jackie de Crinis, EVP Original Programming, USA Network, “It is an edge-of-your seat thriller that reveals a race to control the collective conscience.”
Described as a mind-bending drama, Falling Water is the story of three unrelated people, who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. Each of them is on a mysterious and highly personal quest — one is searching for his missing girlfriend, one is searching for a lost child, one is looking to cure his catatonic mother — and it is the clues found in their collective dream that come to guide them. The deeper they dig, though, the more they come to realize that their missions touch on stakes that are much larger than their individual agendas. That the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world.
“Today’s world demands shows that both challenge and reward the audience in spectacular ways,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Falling Water is the type of show that can move the needle of popular culture with its thrilling exploration of the dark side of the mind.”
USA no doubt would like to repeat the breakout success of Golden Globe-winner Mr. Robot, also a dark thriller that entered the pop culture conversation.
Falling Water was part of USA’s 2015/16 slate of pilots. Still in contention are the Ryan Phillippe starrer Shooter, Brooklyn Animal Control, The Wildng and Poor Richard’s Almanack. The network recently passed on Paradise Pictures.