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Huntington’s growing film community once had then virtually unknown Mickey Fisher as one its residents.
The news surfaced in the Hollywood trade press on Monday Aug. 5.
"If you had asked me to come up with a dream scenario, I would have never come up with this", Fisher said.
His “King of Iron Town” (2004), a micro-budgeted made in Ironton, Ohio feature won acclaim at film festivals. It told the story of an ordinary middle class dude competing in a brutal ring contest.
The excitement radiating from “Extant” surged from CBS’ success with this summer’s “Under the Dome”.
“Extant” has similarities to “A.I.” (“Artificial Intelligence”), according to The Wrap, a Hollywood blog. Molly, an astronaut, returns to Earth pregnant with a part human and part alien baby. Her human-like robot son goes by the name Ethan.
Fisher believes people are responding to a science-fiction and humanity premise.
“It takes standard science-fiction elements and treats them like family drama”, Fisher explained.
Using a futuristic earth where aliens, androids, and space travel are the norm, "Extant is grounded in a very real, hopefully emotionally compelling story about people you want to root for", Fisher said. "I think it's doing something that a lot of sci-fi has stopped doing these days, which is that it's using that story to explore questions about what is it that makes us human."
The Ironton writer will receive an executive producer credit on the series. It's a credit he will share with (among others) Spielberg, who shot "Super 8" in Weirton, WV.
Admitting that the iconic producer/director helped "program his creative DNA", Fisher stated that "Spielberg has made some of the most popular movies of all time, especially in this genre, so to have him as the captain of the ship is a wonderful place to be."
Fisher credited his experiences in Ironton, Ashland, and Huntington for his start in the business.
"Growing up in Ironton was the basis for everything", Fisher said. "It's where I started doing plays, did them all through high school, in Ashland at the Paramount. I played in the high school band, studied voice and piano. And, I saw tons and tons of movies at Midtown Cinema."
His "creative foundation" came from supportive and encouraging family, friends and teachers.
Even the last time I was home in December, people would say, "I know you're going to make it, just keep going."
He directed the music video, "Almost Heaven (Feels Like Hell)" for Mystic Mountain Blueberry, a rising chillbilly band. It won a Silver Telly Award too.
Although Fisher briefly considered making a "demo" reel of the idea in Huntington, he chose a script contest route for gaining exposure.
"It's an exciting time for writers because there are so many avenues to get your work out there." Before submitting this pilot to the Tracking B contest, he won The Industry Insider Contest. "It started to open doors as well. I tried everything, entering contests, making my own films, and trying to network and meet people. You have to be willing and ready to do it all," Fisher explained. adding a "reel or prior credits means you have more work on the shelf... because the first question everyone will ask is, 'What else do you have?'"
Since e best the news broke, "the best thing has been all the messages, phone calls and texts I've received from friends. I've worked with a lot of people over the years, and it's been fun to reconnect."
As for the series, "there's just been a lot of preliminary work" and "it's really a learning process" for Fisher, who checked with his agents before consenting to the interview.
The series is planned for the Summer of 2014.