The actor who became a household name from hits such as ‘Tron,’ ‘Tron: Legacy,’ and ‘Babylon 5’ says that the time is now to bring the originality and beauty of Steampunk to television. Co-creator and executive producer Bruce Boxleitner talks about his passion project ‘Lantern City’ and its incredible popularity before it even hits the TV screen. Lucky fans back East will have the opportunity to meet Boxleitner live at New York Comic Con this OCT 10-13, 2013.
Q. How close is ‘Lantern City’ to the filming stage?
A. Very, very early in the pre-production. We’re still in the pitching stage.We’re still shopping around. We’re working on handing it to the right people, assembling the right team. We’ve had some ups and down. Typical in the business. So far I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like it. Shooting always requires money. That’s what you’re always battling; the almighty dollar. I always liken it to people think we just pop it in to a toaster and it comes out ready to go. That’s just not the case. We have a very successful fan base approach and Hollywood and companies are very cognizant of Twitter and Face book. We’ve got a writer named Matthew James Daley is always good. We have the book ‘Rise’ which is the first of the intended trilogy to the prequels to the ‘Lantern City’ story. I think the time is now.
Q. Steam powered technology can have endless possibilities. Can audiences look forward to cool gizmos and gadgets on the show?
A. Absolutely yes. We’re not going to use a standard Hollywood prop house. We’ll be using original designs for props and wardrobe. TI think England would be distraught over this, but, there were American guys named Tim Powers, James Blaylock, and K.W. Jeter that sat around this bar in Orange County and actually started the Steampunk movement. We’ve been approaching the fans and numerous artists who are helping with the looks of the weaponry and the gadgetry. That’s what’s gonna make it interesting. Especially wardrobe. I just got back from Scotland and London for a book signing for ‘Rise’ and really immersed myself in the look of the cityscapes and the feeling. Especially Edinburgh. I couldn’t believe what a gothic city that place is. Just walking around feeling the vibes was absolutely amazing.
Q. Sci-fi generally promotes strong female characters. Will ‘Lantern City’ do the same?
A. Well I think we’ll just have strong characters, how about that. We will have several leading ladies in this thing that will have strengths, weaknesses, issues just like the men do. We will have very strong characters.
Q. Tell you fans about ‘Cedar Cove’
A. It’s about a small town in the Northwest Pacific based on the author’s hometown. I’m a working actor—I have to keep my brand alive. We’re just about to finish up this first season. We shoot in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. Just a few miles from where the books took place. Andie MacDowell stars in it. We have a huge ensemble cast with very fine actors. I play the innkeeper of the bed and breakfast, sort of a patriarchal figure in the community and the unofficial town leader. We’ve been getting tremendous ratings and it’s the most beautiful show on television. In Hollywood you’re forever trying to reinvent yourself. I’ve been doing this near 40 years now. But ‘Lantern City’ is my passion project. Anyone that’s seen it loves it and wants to see more. It’s finding the right home for it that’s the important part.