J.J. Abrams island hops to 'Alcatraz' pilot

It hasn’t even been six months since Lost was laid to rest, and already J.J. Abrams is heading to another island. According to Variety, Fox has given a pilot commitment to a pitch from Abrams for Alcatraz, a new show based on a script by Lost writer Elizabeth Sarnoff. No plot details have been announced, but as previously reported by EW’s Lynette Rice, the action will take place in the legendary San Francisco prison that housed such colorfully named bad guys as George “Machine Gun” Kelly and Alvin “Creepy Karpis” Karpavicz — not to mention Al Capone himself.

Of course, Alcatraz has been a favorite setting for movies and TV shows ever since it closed in 1963: Clint Eastwood wanted off in 1979’s Escape from Alcatraz; Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage wanted on in 1996’s The Rock. But with Abrams at the helm, we’ve got a hunch this iteration will put a new twist on the old island. Mysterious patterns in the Bay Area, anyone? Or how about some deep religious symbolism among the inmates? Or even just some chunky knit sweaters and a prison-cell love triangle? Too much?

What kind of spin do you think Abrams & Co. will put on Alcatraz, PopWatchers?

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  • Jersey Jeff

    Wow I would love a cookie right now.

  • harry

    Alcatraz baby! I can’t wait!!!

  • Saracen Riggins

    I think it would be fantastic.

  • Stacie

    It sounds awesome! Who will play Capone though?

  • Eric

    “Six months since Lost was laid to rest.”
    Abrams has barely had anything to do with Lost in the last 4 seasons.

    • Jersey Jeff

      Not True, he cashed his checks right to the end. Which will be his level of involvment in this also.

  • waya

    Is there a deep, ancient, Eqyptian pit deep in the island, where the smoke monster dwells? (I miss Smokey!)

  • bruno

    i’m beyond excited about this. BE-OND.

  • Jenna

    Isn’t he doing undercovers right now?

  • Vince

    What more Capone, we had the film last night which was mostly made up
    and now Broadwalk Empire, in which I’m an extra in the midget boxing scenes

  • Kaikboy

    I love Alcatraz. It is where I met my girlfiend., she is almost 11 years younger than I am but. Thank you Jay Jay abrahams! We keep crossing our fingers and even our TOES for you!

  • uglysexy

    I just hope they actually shoot it on location here in san fran

  • Ne Oublie

    I don’t know, but they may encounter paranormal activity!

  • Tim

    Elizabeth Sarnoff is an incredible writer and I’m glad that she finally gets her own show. Lost and Deadwood are two of my favorite shows, and this one sounds right up her ally!

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  • Jersey Jeff

    Your boyfriend loves my cookie?

  • Seriously?

    Work on your grammar moron. Nobody cares that you have found a boyfriend 11 years older than you. Thanks for the Spam.

  • al_amana

    Are “you” serious? Nothing better to do than scan the comments for someone to attack? If anything you’re spamming, at least they stayed on topic.
    As for the topic at hand. Undercovers has been canned. I just can’t find the link re it’s axing. As for JJ I’ve always suspected his involvement has been diminished. It’s just a ploy to use his name in the credits to sell the show. Didn’t work for Undercovers though! At the same time you might find that JJ will try and repair some of his lost cred by being more actively involved? Let’s just hope that they’ve learnt from Lost, as great as it was, I felt a little cheated by the end. I just hope we don’t go around in too many circles in this one i.e. Alcatraz.

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