NBC’s ‘Inception’ Inspired Series ‘REM’ Lands Jason Issacs

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One of the more exciting pilots currently in production, REM, has found its leading man. Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The Patriot) will both star in and produce the hopeful NBC project.

The creators of REM are playing it close to the chest at this point, describing the premise of the show as an Inception-like thriller in which a policeman (Isaacs) wakes up in two realities at once. While the nod to 2010′s most brain-tingling blockbuster is almost certainly a marketing move, the premise of the show is refreshing amidst less original fare.

REM will be executive produced by Howard Gordon, recently of 24, along with writer Kyle Killen. Killen is known for Fox’s critically-acclaimed ratings flop Lone Star and the upcoming Mel Gibson drama The Beaver. The title refers to rapid-eye movement, the stage of deep sleep in which dreaming occurs.

Isaacs is best known for his work in the various Harry Potter movies as Draco Malfoy’s father, Lucius. He’s also played memorable roles as Colonel Tavvington in The Patriot and Major Briggs in Green Zone. REM will be a return to television for Isaacs, whose work on showtime’s Brotherhood three years ago was received favorably. In addition to his film roles, Isaacs has made a name for himself as a voice actor on projects like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Batman: Under the Red Hood. He’ll voice Siddeley the jet in Disney’s Cars 2 this summer.

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Like most spec buys and pilots so far this season, REM has yet to be picked up for an initial season order. While Jason Isaacs isn’t an A-lister, he’s a competent actor with several memorable roles, which should let the project stand out in a crowd of fall hopefuls. The writing should be top-notch if Lone Star was any indication, and with Gordon at the helm the production values will meet almost anything on network TV. The double reality cop story hinted at by the show’s tagline has some comparing it to the alternate reality on Fringe – appropriate, since REM will need to start strong if it’s going to compete with other science fiction pilots like Fox’s Terra Nova and Alcatraz.


If NBC picks up REM for a full season, expect it in the fall or early spring.

Source: TV Line

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  1. “Brotherhood” was one of the most underrated shows ever, I can’t believe more people didn’t watch it after “The Sopranos” ended. This sounds like a pretty cool premise but the 2 realities at the same time is a little off putting since “Fringe” has been doing it for the past 2 seasons.

  2. Yeah, I don’t find it “refreshing” at all! Just new actors centered around an “old Plot!”

  3. I hope he still will be on NCIS occasionally.

    • Wait, I dont thnk that was him, the looks almost exactly like hime though lol, my bad

  4. This is on NBC, so it’s going to get cancelled after 13 episodes, no matter how good it is. It’s unfortunate how much that network sucks, considering they actually put on some good shows.

    • Agreed.

    • At least they didn’t cancel the greatest comedy to come to television. (cough)Fox(cough)

    • Maybe though it will be good enough to be picked up by one of the cable networks…

  5. Great actor, especially when it comes to playing a villain. I want to see this.

  6. To everyone complaining about an unoriginal premise: I really, really think the Inception link is just marketing-speak. It’s there to give people a rough idea of the hook, make it easier for people paying the bills to swallow, and (*ahem*) gives click-hungry websites a juicy title.

  7. i got the privelage to preview this new series and i thought it was so good i cant wait to see it on tv