Peripheral Filmmakers Talk Creating A Whole New Sci-Fi World (Exclusive)

With Lisa Joy having developed Westworld and Reminiscence and Vincenzo Natali having directed cube, Splice, and various genre-bending TV series, it’s no understatement to say that the pair are well-versed when it comes to developing ambitious new worlds in science fiction. The couple recently collaborated on the Prime Video series The ringroadwhich required them to offer audiences familiar elements in the world of science fiction stories, but also offered them unique opportunities to establish that world as something that even the most avid genre fans have yet to see. . The ringroad premieres on Prime Video on October 21.

“Well, I’m a bit of a geek, and so I’ve been into this genre for a long time, and so I’m determined not to repeat things,” Natali shared with ComicBook.com when discussing establishing series. Visual style. “I think it was one of the exciting opportunities for The ringroad was to present not one future, but two futures that I don’t think we’ve really seen before. To get out of blade runner, cyberpunk model and look something very different, but perhaps much more plausible. With London, I think the joy was creating a beautiful future. It’s not dark and dystopian. It’s amazing how cultured and aesthetic it is. And yet, it also has this ghostly, somewhat off-putting quality. So that was the joy from a conceptual design standpoint.”

He continued: “But really, deep down, it’s such a human story. And with Lisa and Jonathan [Nolan] and Scott Smith, who was our writer-creator, they built a human story. What I was doing was just the backdrop for that. I think there’s such a strong emotional entry point with Flynne and also with Wilf going forward, that no matter what, you’re drawn to it because you care about those characters so much.”

The ringroad centers on Flynne Fisher (Chloë Grace Moretz), a woman trying to piece together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America. Flynne is smart, ambitious and doomed. She has no future; until the future calls. The ringroad is master storyteller William Gibson’s dazzling and mind-blowing insight into the fate of humanity and what lies beyond.

In addition to the series’ unique visual style, Gibson is considered the founding father of cyberpunk, with Joy pointing out what makes her worlds different from other stories she has animated.

“The same thing that makes William Gibson so fascinating and singular is the same thing that made him hard to adapt, in that his futurism…He’s basically a prophet. He’s always right. So no one’s needs to read horoscopes. You don’t have to go to a psychic. Just call William Gibson or maybe tweet him, and he’ll tell you what’s going to happen to you,” Joy recalled. “The thing is, its futurism is so fully realized, so completely built from the ground up, that it’s vast and detailed. When it goes to production, we’re talking about expensive, hard to capture all that scope and it all shades off on screen.”

She added, “Fortunately, we’re dealing with such a talented and visionary director as Vincenzo, who is also this incredible visual artist. He’s so visual in everything he comes up with. Also our VFX team. Which is great, it’s that the technology for filming has evolved to make it easier to achieve some of that vision when it’s done in a way that allows for that kind of world-building, and so we just had a perfect opportunity to finally give life to William Gibson in the way he deserves.”

The ringroad premieres on Prime Video on October 21.

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