“Heroes” series creator Tim Kring has revealed that it was the network who came to him rather than the other way around when the talk of rebooting NBC’s once popular superhero series began.
Speaking with EW, Kring spoke about the origin of the upcoming “Heroes Reborn” and where he intends to go with it:
“To be honest, it wasn’t a pitch from me, it was a pitch from NBC to me. They saw the value in that franchise and brand and asked if I was interested in helming it again. And we had left the story in a place where we had more story to tell.
So given the opportunity, I had ideas of where I wanted the story to go originally when we were hoping for a fifth season and so when we were given the opportunity five years late, some of those same thoughts were there as to where this story goes.
But five years had passed and I also had new ideas on how to reboot the brand in away that gives people a whole fresh take on the series with a whole host of new characters but gives you that sense of you’re in that world of Heroes you’re familiar with.”
With various actors not coming back for the new run, aside from Jack Coleman’s iconic Noah Bennet, Kring is focusing mostly on new characters instead in the thirteen episode run:
“The vast, vast majority are brand new characters, brand new ideas. [Bringing back previous characters is] really only to give a sense of continuity and a tether to the original world. If it was all completely brand new, we’d miss certain elements that need to be there to give you that bridge to cross to something new.
I approached Coleman because he was a character who had a spine through the series that allowed you to meet new characters. So he’s a character I wanted to make sure had a little part at the beginning of this thing.”
“Heroes” is slated to return to the network sometime in 2015.