CW is making a pilot for remake of "La Femme Nikita"

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  1. Bad Bishop

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    It was not terrible at all. I have read that it was the unspoken inspiration for Alias.
     
  2. Timby

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    You have your series mixed up. La Femme Nikita and its various double-agent / government subterfuge plots were a direct inspiration for 24, and producer Joel Surnow has confirmed this on multiple accounts.

    Although Nikita was absolutely terrible, outside of the inexplicably charismatic presence of Eugene Robert Glazer.
     
  3. Roger Wilco

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    :lol: I'm sorry, I didn't know the show had so many fans. Maybe my memories of it aren't accurate, I mostly remember it for the hot lead actress, the milfy boss, ridiculous action scenes and lots of faux-european posing.
     
  4. Bad Bishop

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    Spare me your trademark pedantry. I merely said that Alias owes something to La Femme Nikita. I didn't deny the possible influence of Nikita on other series.

    BTW, everyone knows that Nikita influenced 24. Key personnel like Robert Cochran and Jon Cassar worked on both programs. Apologies to your friend Joel Surnow.
     
  5. Marc

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    Well if it's Michael (Nikita's on-again/off-again friend with benefits) then you're not along - the acting ability and charisma of a block of wood with that.

    If it's the older guy Paul (Operations) well he's a bastard and you're supposed to hate him.
     
  6. Timby

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    Spare me your condescension. :lol: What the heck is your problem?
     
  7. Bad Bishop

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    My problem, Timby, is that you jumped in to lecture me on a very minor point. Try a more amiable or tempered approach next time. It's not necessary to play the expert every time.
     
  8. Roger Wilco

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    No, I meant the young guy, the old guy was cool.
     
  9. Joel_Kirk

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    Indeed.

    It almost feels like we've been stabbed in the hand; hopefully, it'll be good, so it won't be canceled.

    :)
     
  10. Teelie

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    CW is quickly becoming a network of remakes. Seriously how many of their series are not just remakes but blatant remakes not even disguised as new or different? I'm not trashing the network exactly, they do have Supernatural which IMO is great, and they have Smallville, which I don't watch but somehow is still chugging along after a decade? Pretty impressive for a series I didn't think would last 3 or 4 seasons, regardless of quality.
     
  11. jefferiestubes8

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    MI:3's Maggie Q in talks for title character

    Feb 18, 2010,
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i6baa5818ddcc27e1b81a9e9bd73162fe
     
  12. FreezeC77

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    Wow. I had little interest in this remake until reading that today. Maggie Q? Just wow. That's so unlike the CW. I would have been less shocked to hear Hillary Duff was going to play Nikita than I am hearing Maggie Q.

    I really hope the pilot is picked up.
     
  13. Nick Ryder

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    Maggie Q... hmm... I think maybe I would give the show a chance then. Nothing says action better than an Asian chick who can kick ass.
     
  14. jefferiestubes8

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    3 principle actors cast

    You know her from her daughter character on "How I Met Your Mother" (34 episodes, 2005-2010).

    you remember Melinda Clarke from her character Lady Heather the professional dominatrix who gets Gil Grissom all hot under the collar(5 episodes, 2001-2008 "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" )


    http://io9.com/5491698/maggie-q-isn...ter-all-plus-doctor-whos-new-tardis-described
     
  15. wamdue

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    so there are 3 Nikitas? the first Peta Wilson Nikita, Maggie Q, and now Lyndsy Fonseca

    this sounds alot like the recent Bionic Woman series.

    I see Melinda Clarke as Madeline, not a new character.
     
  16. Pilot Ace

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    This is getting weird.

    "Nikita" wasn't even the character's codename, it was "Josephine."

    I am expecting much less of this the more I hear about it. Hopefully it's just the news sources getting confused rather than the production.
     
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    Re: 3 principle actors cast

    So I guessed it right that Aaron Stanford plays Birkoff. I bet that "Amanda" will be a Madeline-like character. The IMDB page lists Shane West as Michael, which I can't wrap my head around.

    But what about Operations and Walter? The actors listed at IMDB are all too young. Or did they just decide to ditch all older characters? :shifty:

    Uh, you don't think Nikita was an influence on Alias? I mean, there are no similarities, say...

    Alias features
    - a young and hot kickass spy heroine who is also sensitive and moral (Sydney Bristow)
    - her handsome handler/love interest, with whom she has an on-off relationship (Michael Vaughn)
    - a weary, emotionally distant veteran agent who has a very complex relationship with the heroine, and seems to manipulate her and care about her at the same time (Jack Bristow)
    - heroine's ruthless, manipulative, villainous boss, who's suffered some family tragedies of his own, which allows him to show other sides to his character (Sloane)
    - heroine's mother - a gorgeous and sexy mature ice-queen/dragon-lady agent (Irina)
    - heroine's best friend (Will)
    - a computer nerd (Marshall)

    while Nikita featured:
    - a young and hot kickass spy heroine who is also sensitive and moral (Nikita)
    - her handsome handler/love interest, with whom she has an on-off relationship (Michael)
    - a weary, emotionally distant veteran agent who has a very complex relationship with the heroine, and seems to manipulate her and care about her at the same time (also Michael)
    - heroine's ruthless, manipulative, villainous boss, who's suffered some family tragedies of his own, which allows him to show other sides to his character (Operations)
    - heroine's mentor - a gorgeous and sexy mature ice-queen/dragon-lady agent (Madeline)
    - heroine's best friend (Walter)
    - a computer nerd (Birkoff)
    :shifty:

    In addition, in season 5 of Nikita, we find out that the reason why the heroine has really been drafted into the spy organization is
    her father arranged it!
    That sounds familiar...

    I can't disagree more. Michael was very compelling and charismatic in his cold, enigmatic way - unless you expect flamboyant OTT behavior from a character whose main traits are restaint and emotional unavailability. :vulcan: Comparing Nikita with Alias, one of the reasons I prefer the former is because both of the lead characters (Nikita and Michael) were far more interesting and the actors had a much stronger presence than Sydney and Vaughn, who I could never really care about because they were just dull. Good thing for Alias that they had Jack, Sloane, and the awesome Irina Derevko in particular, to make up for that.
     
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  18. jefferiestubes8

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    CW' "Nikita" series greenlit

    It will air on Thursdays at 9PM

    first trailer sneek peek Youtube 1:50 length video


    io9 article Nikita


    CW unveils fall schedule
     
  19. Pilot Ace

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    It's strange they changed the name of Section One.

    I don't really understand what this show is yet, it seems like it's half re-imagining and half sequel.
     
  20. scotpens

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    Your objectivity reeks of subjectivity.

    La Femme Nikita had good writing, involving storylines, three-dimensional characters, lots of relationship drama for the ladies, and plenty of high-tech gadgets, shooting, fighting, killing, and shit gettin' blowed up for the guys. Not to mention the gorgeous and unbelievably sexy Peta Wilson. What's not to like?
    Possibly for legal reasons, although if they're using concepts and character names from the original show, you wonder why they can't use the same fictional government agency as well. Maybe it's something like Kevin McClory being given the rights to the Blofeld character and SPECTRE.
    Asian chicks who can kick ass are just so damn HOT! :drool:
     
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