Westworld’s Jonathan Nolan And Lisa Joy Producing New Sci-Fi Series The Peripheral

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy

by James White |
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Despite seemingly being busy with HBO/Sky Atlantic's Westworld, Jonathan Nolanand particularly Lisa Joy haven't just spent their time on the cryptic series. Joy is at work on her cinematic directorial debut, Reminiscence and, thanks to their hefty deal at Amazon, they're involved with another sci-fi show, this one adapted from William Gibson's novel The Peripheral.

It's actually A Simple Plan's Scott B. Smith who will do the show-running on this series, with the show skipping the pilot stage and winning a first season order for an episode count that has yet to be decided. Developed for a few months at the company's streaming service, the show will be based on Gibson's 2014 tome, a typically twisty future noir set in two different futures and across more than one timeline. Our main lead is Flynne Fisher, a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow's America. Flynne is smart, ambitious and doomed. She has no future. Until the future comes calling for her...

Director Vincenzo Natali is also part of the team, and we'd imagine he'll be handling the first episode or two to set the visual style and tone of the series. "Thirty-five years ago, William Gibson invented the future. With The Peripheral he brings us another look, and his vision is as clear, intoxicating and terrifying as ever," according to Nolan and Joy. "All of us at Kilter are incredibly proud to be supporting Vincenzo and Scott's brilliant vision for bringing Gibson's work to the screen."

There's no word yet on when the show will arrive on Amazon's video service. Westworld, meanwhile, returns for Season 3 next year.

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