Michael Piller Interview

By Christian
May 16, 2000 - 11:28 PM

Debora Fisher at StarTrek.com, the official Star Trek site, has put up an interview with Michael Piller, former TNG staff writer, co-creator of DS9 and Voyager, and writer of 'Insurrection'. In the article, some information is given on 'Day One', the SF pilot he recently completed for the WB:

Piller2 (Piller Squared) --a partnership between father Michael and son Shawn -- is currently in production on the pilot for a new series called Day One for the Warner Brothers Television Network. The show is an hour-long action-adventure about survivors awakening 60 years after a massive cataclysmic event has altered the surface of the earth. Shot earlier this year in Vancouver, the pilot will be available as a possible mid-season replacement next year. Day One is just one of several film and television projects that Piller2 is developing.

In most of the rest of the interview, Piller talks about his time on Star Trek, from the first episode he ever wrote ('Evolution') to Gene Roddenberry hiring him as staff writer. However, later on some more info is given on 'Day One', which is apparently based on a British mini-series, exploring "the conflicts faced by a group of people emerging from accidental suspended animation 60 years after an asteroid's collision with Earth develops a kind of "nuclear" winter".

'Day One' and other Piller Squared project aren't just being developed by Michael Piller: his son, Shawn Piller, assists him as producing partner, while Eric Stillwell works as the Script Coordinator and Production Assistant for the company. Shawn came up with the idea for TNG's 'Journey's End' and wrote Voyager's 'Death Wish' and 'The Q and the Grey', while Stillwell has written the story for TNG's 'Yesterday's Enterprise', as well as an episode and a novel together with his writing partner David R. George III.

More on Piller Squared, as well as Michael Piller's history with the Trek franchise, can be found in the full article.

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