Julie Plec already has her hands full with The Vampire Diaries, but that doesn’t mean that she will turn down a good opportunity when she sees one — and that’s just what The Tomorrow People is for the life-long fan.
Julie will be acting as executive producer for the series, alongside executive producer Greg Berlanti, which brings her show total up from one to three this fall — with TVD, The Tomorrow People, and The Originals. Phew, this lady is a busy bee!
Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Julie at The Tomorrow People premiere at Paleyfest, and she dished about her love of the original British series, relationship with Greg, and what fans can expect from the first season of the reboot.
Check out the interview below, then hit the comments with your thoughts about Tomorrow People!
Wetpaint Entertainment: Tell me about The Tomorrow People. I hear you’ve been a fan for quite some time!
Julie Plec: I have been a fan since I was 8 years old and I was spending two weeks at my grandparents’ house in Ohio and they got cable. They were the first people on their block to get cable, when you could like switch from A to B in the back of the television.
Tomorrow People was airing on Nickelodeon and I never forgot it. So it took, gosh, 30-plus years — 34 years — and a lot of hard work by Greg Berlanti and the cooperation of Freemantle who normally doesn’t give their formats up to just anybody. It was really a testament to Greg’s passion for the project that made them even agree to it in the first place.
That’s a cool full circle moment for you!
The full circle specialness is with Greg, because he and I went to college together and talked about this show in college, and 18 years later he’s calling me and telling me that we’re [re]making it together! It’s great!
What will fans of the original show recognize from today’s version, and what will be new for them?
I think the best way to say it is sort of similar to the way you look at any book adaptation. You take the world that they’ve created, the characters that they have created, and the themes, and you really try to grow them out and try to give the characters more story than the 8 episodes or 16 episodes that you have to work with and contemporize them in a way so that their current life struggles feel of the moment and of today.
So, some things are going to be very familiar, and some things a fan of the original series may say, “Hey, that’s not how that went down!” So it’s a jumping off point as everything is when you take a small series and turn it into, with luck, will go on for you know... I think Smallville made it to 10 or 11 years! It’s something to aspire to.
What will be this first season’s main theme?
The first season is the kind of origin story of a hero. You know you’ve got this everyday kid — the Peter Parker of our universe in Robbie Amell’s character — who discovers that he’s not only different, but that his father, who he always believed to be a deadbeat, is just like him, that there are other people out there just like him, and his uncle, who is not just like him, is either a really, really, really bad guy or a good guy with a really misplaced agenda, depending on your perspective.
So it’s really about reaching deeper and deeper and deeper into the world of not just The Tomorrow People runaways, but Ultra, [plus] Jedikiah as a family member of Stephen’s, but also, in a lot of ways, the true villain of the show.
It’s about family, it’s about the search for community, it’s about trying to discover and get to the root of who you really are and not compromise the people that are most important to you — even when you’re caught in the middle of some pretty high-stake situations.
The Tomorrow People premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.