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Old July 25 2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

Let's discuss the Inception world as a TV series. Or could continuing this world only work on a feature film budget?

I think it would work as a Starz or USA Network 13-episode TV series.
I highly doubt it would work as a 22-episode series on SyFy.

Could the stories work without ALL the action we saw in the Nolan feature film?

This is a hypothetical idea thread.
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Old July 25 2010, 11:24 PM   #2
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

I think it could work as a one-season show. But any more than one season would be pushing it. And I think there should be a mixture of action and thought-provoking material.
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Old July 25 2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

I think it could be a good multi-season show, but only if its treated like dexter or some other premium network shows. Maybe give each season a theme or goal. If each season is planned out carefully it could be great.
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Old July 25 2010, 11:51 PM   #4
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

Well, the basic concept behind Inception isn't all that original (Dreamscape and The Cell covered similar territory), so I could easily see a show being pitched next year about people who fight crime or carry out acts of espionage by entering someone else's dreams.
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Old July 26 2010, 02:07 AM   #5
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

Could it be, sure why not? But the movie cost 160 million dollars, and a TV show would get about 5 cents to get made, it just won't be the same, or close to good.
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Old July 26 2010, 02:16 AM   #6
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

A client offers Cobb a job of the week to enter someone's mind and do something.
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Old July 26 2010, 06:09 AM   #7
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

Possibly. It could be pretty cool, but I wouldn't want it to go on for very long because there's a pretty high risk of the novelty of the concept wearing off and the show becoming boring after a while.
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Old July 26 2010, 12:59 PM   #8
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

I think a tv series would be a great idea. There's certainly many different directions they could go in. Theoretically, anything could happen in a persons mind.

There could be a cold war of sorts with different factions trying to manipulate powerful people in the world through inception.
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Old July 26 2010, 04:58 PM   #9
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It could work easily. It is essentially the Mission Impossible format but set within somebody's dreams.
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Old July 26 2010, 05:45 PM   #10
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

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A client offers Cobb a job of the week to enter someone's mind and do something.
Well, I don't see Leo doing TV.
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Old July 26 2010, 05:56 PM   #11
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

I think the concept would lend itself well to serialized action/drama, especially if it were on HBO or another premium cable service that isn't afraid of adult content. Hell, you could spend an entire season on a single story if you wanted to (and had the writing to keep it going).

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Old July 27 2010, 12:18 AM   #12
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A client offers Cobb a job of the week to enter someone's mind and do something.
Well, I don't see Leo doing TV.
Recast him with, I don't know, the guy from "Chuck." That's reasonably MacGuyver-ish, right?
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Old July 27 2010, 12:21 AM   #13
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

I can see it working as a TV show. I think what you would need to do in order for the show to remain fresh is to have the character working toward something during the show. For example, like how Richard Kimble was trying to determine the killer of his wife on The Fugitive.

The film worked because Cobb was essentially a fugitive and he was doing these "mind heists" because he was trying to get home to his kids. I only see a TV show working if the main character was trying to find out something or achieve something and that was the driving point of the show. It doesn't have to mimic Cobb's situation but something similar, or else I do expect the novelty of the concept would indeed wear off after a while.
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Old July 27 2010, 12:40 AM   #14
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Re: Could "Inception" work as a TV series? (hypothetical)

Actually I wouldn't mind a season long prequel to Inception about the development of the PASIV device (the dream machine). It was mentioned by Arthur in the film that it was first created and used by the military (probably as a physical means to remote view others dreams and find out what enemy countries are plotting). I could see thirteen episodes showing the creation and first use of the PASIV. Other than that I think you'd have a hard time developing a sound concept to execute.
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Old July 27 2010, 12:41 AM   #15
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It was mentioned by Arthur in the film that it was first created and used by the military (probably as a physical means to remote view others dreams and find out what enemy countries are plotting).
Arthur said the military developed it so combat simulations felt more real for the soldiers so they would be better prepared for combat in real life situations.
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