‘Farscape’ Creator Brings A ‘Cult’ To Life At The CW

Rockne S. O’Bannon joins Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage for a potential limited run series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Back in 2006, Rockne S. O’Bannon tried to sell the WB on his latest TV series, called "Cult." Although the project was reportedly a casualty of the WB and UPN merger, "Cult" has found new life on the WB's successor, The CW.

According to Deadline, The CW has given an early greenlight to a pilot episode of O'Bannon's revived "Cult;" which will be executive produced by "Gossip Girl" co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. "Cult" is described a mystery drama that follows a young woman working as a production assistant on a popular TV show (also called "Cult), who soon teams up with an online journalist to investigate the rapid fans of the series who may be recreating the horrific crimes in reality.

The report also mentions that "Cult" may be set up as a limited run TV series, with only 13 episodes per season over a set period of time. However, there was no indication of how many seasons "Cult" could possibly run if it gets ordered to series.

In the original iteration for the WB, "Cult" also dealt with a rapid fanbase of a hit TV series called "Cult," but it featured two brothers as the primary characters; one of whom was to be played by future "White Collar" star, Matthew Bomer. Since the first version of "Cult" was scrapped only a week after the WB and UPN merged, the project has resurfaced at The CW and ABC before eventually coming back to The CW for its current incarnation.

Among genre fans, O’Bannon is best known for creating the classic sci-fi series, "Farscape" in addition to writing the screenplay for the "Alien Nation" movie. O'Bannon has also written for "SeaQuest DSV" and "Amazing Stories" in addition to co-creating "The Triangle" miniseries on sci-fi and his recent stint on the revival of "V."

O'Bannon's current TV project is a Syfy television show called "Defiance;" which is currently steeped in secrecy. Aside from the premise revealed at E3 that "Defiance" takes place on "a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet ravaged by decades of conflict;" all that is currently known about the TV series is that it promises to have a unique interaction with the "Defiance" MMO video game that is being produced for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 by Trion.