In the forthcoming series Falling Water, three strangers (played by Lizzie Brocheré, Will Yun Lee and David Ajala) come to realise that they are dreaming parts of the same dream. Delving deeper into the meaning of this connection, they gradually discover that the implications are much larger than their personal fates, and could impact the waking world.
Created by Blake Masters and the late Henry Bromwell, it’s produced by The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd, who offers up the following preview.
You’ve made a point that the longer you’re in this business, the more particular you get about what you want to get involved with. What was it about Falling Water that attracted you?
It’s a show that asks a lot of compelling questions, but surprisingly, in the pilot we answer quite a few, so it’s not just, “Okay, we’re going to throw up a lot of things and you’ll wonder if we know where we are going.” I was lucky, because there was already a spec script that Blake Masters had written with Henry Bromell, so that’s really a producer’s dream.
It’s not someone comes in and pitches you something and in a half hour they can make it sound fantastic, and then you realise it’s missing a lot of things when you read it. I was able to read it and say, “This is a journey I want to go on,” and at the end of the day, I’m too old and I’ve done too many things, so it’s got to be the right people. Someone like Blake, who knows where the series is going and he can tell me that, who has the same instincts that I do as to how to bring it to life, is important.
Then when we attracted a talent like Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who did Intacto and 28 Weeks Later, to direct the pilot, and he was on the same page, you know you’re okay. Not only can this be a great pilot, but this can live on as a series.
What is the meaning of Falling Water?
Falling Water to us represents the barrier between the dreaming world and the waking world. It’s a permeable barrier. You can pass back and forth between them. Part of what we postulate is that it’s possible to enter someone else’s dreams. Is it possible that what happens in the dream world is as real to us as what happens in the waking world, and can those barriers fall away?
Falling Water will air from 13 October 2016 on USA Network, with a UK air date and channel to be announced. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.