The surveillance state reaches its furthest extreme in The Last Enemy, a recent BBC miniseries that should be coming to the U.S. soon. After a major terrorist incident in London, the government issues mandatory biometric ID cards, puts every citizen under 24-hour surveillance and implants tags into people that restrict their freedom of movement. And a new Hugh Jackman project looks set to explore new themes of security versus freedom.
The Last Enemy, a co-production with WGBH in Boston, looks talky but still exciting. The main character, Stephen Ezard, comes back to England after years overseas and discovers that a terrorist incident has led to massive new clampdowns. He gets roped into helping to develop TIA, a mysterious new project that wants to put every citizen into a huge database, run by private corporations. And he learns that 1,000 people died as a result of a secret experiment with implantable tags that were supposed to pass harmlessly through their bodies after a couple of years.
Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman is developing a new project with Virgin Comics, which he hopes will also turn into a movie vehicle for him. Nowhere Man, co-written by Eli Stone creator Marc Guggenheim, is about a character similar to Will Smith's in I Am Legend, who lives in a future dystopia where people have "traded privacy for security." [The Last Enemy]