Gird your lofts. North Brooklyn is set to be enshrined (yet again) in the ageless portals of our most glorious medium—I’m talking of course of television—in a pair of NBC/Universal productions currently in pre-production. And the studio wants YOU to help make it happen.
Location scouts for both The Slap (a miniseries based on Christos Tsiolkas’ celebrated novel of the same name) and Mr Robot (a pilot about a young, socially awkward programmer who decides he can only connect to people by hacking them) have been loitering and flyer-posting in the Williamsburg/Bushwick vicinity.
The former project, which not only has solid source material, but also boasts a talented cast (Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker are signed on) and a promised celebrity guest director (Lisa Cholodenko of The Kids are All Right), has actually taken the time to target certain Williamsburg residences in the hopes of scoring a direct hit.
This is intriguing, since The Slap is set in middle-class Melbourne—which arguably looks nothing at all like Williamsburg. Even the interior of the specified “loft style apartments – preferably 2-3 bedroom or a very spacious studio/one bedroom space” will, one suspects, have to be radically transformed in order to resemble a suburban Australian home.
But illusion is what the telly does best, I suppose. So if you are a lucky bastard possessed of a spacious Williamsburg loft and looking to earn extra money (unlikely?)—please, be my guest.
On the other hand, chumps living in (marginally) more immiserated conditions in Bushwick “lofts” (cubicles), you may well be thrilled to learn that a money-making opportunity approaches, in the form of the creepy-sounding Mr Robot.
The Hollywood Reporter tells me that our hacker hero “will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America.”
The script will be written by Sam Esmail (who was responsible for this year’s “ambitious indie misfire” Comet). Esmail will also act as executive producer, alongside Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding).
An intense, finely acted family drama, a “technology-focused” project, and two aesthetically appealing North Brooklyn locations: NBC is certainly gunning to continue its surprise ratings turnaround. And YOUR CRAPPY LOFT (cue the swell of emotional music) could help them do it.