Saturday, November 6, 2010

Craig Silverstein Interview

Craig Silverstein is the executive producer of our beloved show Nikita. Snippets from The Collider interview:

On doing another version of Nikita:
I had to take it upon myself to find a way that it could be done fresh, where you didn’t know how this story was going to end. That’s when I came upon the idea of following Nikita after she had left the agency, which is a chapter that’s never been told.

About the Nikita character:
I think it’s a mini-mythology now, like Batman or James Bond. Obviously, it’s not to that level, but people know it. It’s been done enough now that it’s got its own myth attached to it, and the powerful thing about it is that there’s a very fairytale aspect to the whole story. It’s a dark fairytale.

Casting Maggie Q:
It had to be someone who was beautiful, who could fight, who you could believe holding a gun and who you believed was smart, in order to plan everything that she was doing. You’d think those things would be easy to find in an actor, and they’re not. We had actors come in and these girls would be gorgeous and smart, but you’d put a gun in their hands and it didn’t work. The second we heard Maggie’s name, Danny Cannon, our director, and I looked at each other and were like, “Yes!” It was really early on in the process.

Casting Lyndsy Fonseca:
She was intense when she came in to audition. We were like, “Woah!” I don’t think you’ll be thinking of her as the girl next door for much longer.

Nikita vs Alex? Uh oh.
And then, Alex and Nikita’s relationship is also going to start to fray. There will be conflict all around.

Interested to read the full article? Read here.

Executive Producer Craig Silverstein Interview NIKITA
by Christina Radish

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