Top image: Lucy.

For the first time ever, movie director and screenwriter Luc Besson (Lucy) will tell a tale for the American small screen. He’s creating a new show for TNT titled Artificial Intelligence, about a robot gone rogue and the people who must stop it.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In AI, an artificial intelligence entity escapes its laboratory confinement and begins a methodical quest to carry out mysterious plans. The creator of the AI assembles a team of specialists to discern its objective, while simultaneously working to counter its rapid maneuvers and warn the world of imminent dangers.

It all sounds like a pretty standard AI plot. But, weirdly, it’s one that doesn’t seem quite as suited to Besson’s usual gifts for spectacle.

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However, Besson is also considering directing the pilot, which would definitely be interesting and probably provide a blueprint every other director for the show would have to follow. It’d be interesting to see if they could pull off Besson’s style on a weekly basis.


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