"... arise From death, you numberless infinities of souls, and to your scattered bodies go..." -- John Donne.


Alex Proyas
Role: executive producer
Filmography: (outside link to
Info: He's actually not the director we would have thought of for this series, but the more we think about it, the more we like him.  The Crow remains a cult favorite, and demonstrates a director with a specific creative vision that is just cutting his teeth.  His next film, Dark City, was nothing short of brilliant, quite possibly the best dark sci-fi film to come out since Blade Runner.

But what makes Proyas perfect is not the fact that he can do sci-fi (and appears to enjoy it greatly), but that he can mix disparate genres into a cohesive central theme.  For instance, Dark City is not just a science fiction film.  Perhaps more so, it is a taut psychological thriller with overtones of paranoia and self discovery.  It is a journey from the darkness into the light of knowledge. Both stories revolve around a man's struggle with a seemingly insurmountable goal, leading eventually to a power shift from the dark designers and into the hands of the lab rats.  

Upon this close examination of Dark City and the Riverworld Series, the similarities between them become quickly obvious:  

This examination is not to show that Proyas stole his ideas from the Riverworld series; rather, I aim only to demonstrate that he is the perfect director for this kind of project.  

Here's an excellent quote (from this site) by Proyas that not only highlights a potential personal reason for his interest in the Riverworld, but perhaps gives us a glimpse into his goals for the Riverworld television series (though he was not talking about the show directly):

"To me, the soul is really what makes us human. Is there a soul, and is that where humanity comes from? As an individual we dress and act in a certain way. But that's not truly who we are -- it is something else, a spirit from somewhere else that makes us what we are. That essence will go on and carry on past the physical life. I find it very hard to believe that you die and the lights go out and that's it. That's the most horrific concept of existence -- I can't accept that."

Stuart Hazeldine
Role: screenwriter
Filmography: (outside link to
Info: He's a largely unproven talent, though Proyas's previous collaborations with him (including a film version of Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of the Red Death) indicate that the executive producer expects that he can deliver.  

Keri Skogland
Role: director
Filmography: (outside link to
Info: Skogland directed the pilot for the television series based on another franchise, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.