‘Fringe’ Executive Producer Reflects on Series Finale; Teases Possible Movie Tie-In 

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It’s been six months since the series finale of Fringe left a John Noble-sized hole in our hearts. The sci-fi series created by Alex Kurtzman, J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci came off as The X-Files crossed with all those Star Trek episodes set in a parallel universe and was a welcome dose of weird in a network television market saturated with the safe and toothless.

Months later, Executive Producer J.H. Wyman (who also wrote and directed several episodes) discusses the end of Fringe as well as Almost Human, his upcoming sci-fi series on Fox.

In the wake of a finale which managed to provide a heartfelt conclusion in the still underrated series, Wyman reflected on Fringe in a recent interview with TVGuide.com. Addressing the fact that main character/mad scientist Walter Bishop elected to sacrifice himself in order to save his son and what he knew as the present – thus stranding Walter away from the family unit of Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) who appeared to live happily ever after, Wyman said:

 “I’ll make you not sad. Walter is only happy when his brain is being challenged. Walter went to the future, and how do you know he didn’t find a way back once again?”

If this seems like Wyman is teasing that he’ll eventually revisit this universe, that’s because he kind of is. One mysterious plot point saw Peter receive the “white tulip” letter from Walter. In one of the more memorable season two episodes, Peter Weller played Alistair Peck, a scientist obsessed with traveling back in time in order to save his beloved fiancée from a car accident.

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Toward the end of the episode, Walter explains to Peck his guilt over tampering with time and space (taking a version of his son from a parallel dimension and raising him after his own died), and how he asked God for some kind of forgiveness: specifically, a white tulip. After Peck makes his final jump – which resets the events of the episode – Walter receives a white tulip drawing from Peck, but doesn’t know where it came from… Walter later passes this symbol of forgiveness to his son. The question which lingers is whether Peter recognizes it or not. Wyman says:

“Maybe someday there will be a Fringe movie and I’ll explain some of the things that I want to explain, but I also wanted to let people make their own opinion. I wanted it to be as special to each person individually and let them make their own assumptions and live with it. I have a lot of story I can tell still and I love those characters so much.”

While Fringe fans had to reconcile for themselves the series finale and what it meant, Wyman compared this fall’s Almost Human to Fringe in broad terms:

“Fringe was so far-out. Until you realized it was about the alternate universe, you were like, ‘What is this?!’ Here, you’re going to learn so much about the characters.”

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Almost Human follows future LAPD officer John Kennex (Star Trek Into Darkness star Karl Urban), who is partnered with an android officer (Michael Ealy), who he doesn’t completely trust. While the show is being touted as something of a procedural, Wyman goes on to explain how this series will be quite unique:

“This show is different because while you’ll get those vitamins and minerals from a regular cop show, you’re going to see things you’ve never seen before. The criteria is that no story on this show will be on our show unless it is created by something futuristic, solved by something futuristic, or the very reason that the people are doing what they’re doing is futuristic. Otherwise it is like everything else. We’ll be able to tell a murder story in a very different way than NYPD Blue or CSI. We can do stuff that’s out of this world. It offers a really great platform.”

Wyman also suggested that certain members of the Fringe cast could show up as guest stars on Almost Human. Could we see a cross-over featuring Walter Bishop operating in this future (as the inventor of the androids)? Well, probably not. The talk of a Fringe movie is most likely Wyman thinking out loud at this point, but it’s still a universe ripe for exploration, with a devoted core of fans who would follow Walter, Olivia and Peter anywhere.


Almost Human debuts on Monday, November 4, 2013 on Fox.

The series finale of Fringe aired on January 18, 2013. The entire series is available for streaming on Netflix.

Source: TVGuide.com

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  1. Not only would I be there at the midnight showing of a Fringe movie, I would probably buy tickets to every show that day and just sit there and watch the movie over and over again. I love and absolutely MISS Fringe!

  2. Almost Human is connected to Fringe?

    That’s good news. Maybe we’ll see Astrid again.

  3. As much as I’d like to see Fringe on the big screen, I’m reminded of the X-Files movies and how much I wanted to those on the big screen. It is hard to rekindle the magic of multiple seasons in a 90 to 120 minute window.

  4. I would love to see a Fringe movie…so long as there is a good story to tell.

  5. Please make this happen!
    I miss fringe. :(

  6. don’t even joke about this Wyman, this must happen i already miss Fringe so badly. it was in my opinion the greatest sci-fi series ever made (I say that as a diehard Trekkie) and one of the greatest shows in television history. I’m excited to see Almost Human, I’m glad their at least attempting to make it different from the other gazillion procedural on TV.

    • Is it possible at all that you have not seen Battlestar Galactica? BSG is the best scifi ever, considering the series as whole. Fringe is at second place I guess.

  7. Fringe movie….. Yes please!

  8. Good news on this I hope. I have a Google alert for anything in
    the news about Fringe and a movie and John Noble (you have to put
    him in the query or you will just get anything with the word fringe
    in it). So hard to see this show end. The characters working together
    and their love for each other and the mad things always going on – trippy,
    wonderful, well written episodes. Get them all back J.H. Wyman, while
    you still can. Don’t worry people about the movie being no good. It will
    be great if they get back their writers and all the cast.

  9. Fringe is one of my ALL TIME favorite shows and I was so bummed when it went off the air. I still put Season 3 (my personal favorite of the seasons) on when I’m just looking for something to be on in the background while I’m doing stuff. I would be overjoyed if they eventually did a movie spinoff!

  10. How about instead we get a Chuck Movie and My Name is Earl movie finally?

    • How about, because Fringe rules?

  11. One of the most underrated, original and unique shows on tv from the last 10 years. Walternate, Fauxlivia et al. I miss them all. One thing though. if they do a movie, they have to bring back Charlie. He was awesome and I really missed him from the show when he left

  12. I created a forum JUST for the possibility of the FRINGE movie.

  13. Fringe was one of the most fascinating shows on television. It ended too quickly and should have been picked up by at least Showtime even if the format would have been altered to just 12 episodes. Imagine it with no censorship? It would have been wonderful. I would love to see a film but more than that I would love to see like HBO or Starz or any other, reconstitute the show and format it into three or four two hour special type films per year. God, I wish someone would finance this. Those who love the show could have a four special fix per year and the stories could be limitless in concept and without any censorship of any kind. Someone please listen and then think…..

  14. “With a devoted core of fans who would follow Walter, Olivia and Peter anywhere.”

    Uhm… Excuse me? Think you forgot about someone… Astricks seriously needs some more praise. She’s not even my favorite character, but just because she doesn’t appear on the cover doesn’t mean she should be left out. Astro is a valued member of the Fringe team, and therefore, no matter how much of a side character she may appear in comparison to the others, she should be included in the dream of continuing the Fringe adventures… Walter, Olivia, Peter, and Claire will be sorely missed.

    “It’s a beautiful name… Astrid.” – Walter Bishop

  15. oh good god PLEASE! i need more FRINGE. if i was rich, i would pay for the show to never end, but alas im not. please make a movie!

  16. Fringe was a great show please bring it back.