Interview: Mark Verheiden talks 'Falling Skies'

It was a busy time for "Falling Skies" co-executive producer Mark Verheiden when I sat down with him last month in Beverly Hills.

 The science fiction veteran had been linked to the TV portion of the ambitious plans to bring Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series to the big and small screen, though that project had just been put into possible turnaround by NBC-Universal (a month later, nothing has been settled). With that on Verheiden's plate, Remi Aubuchon had just been brought on as showrunner for a possible second season of "Falling Skies," which won't even have its series premiere until June 19.

 Verheiden was already a late addition to "Falling Skies," coming onto the alien-flavored survival story after the Robert Rodat-scripted pilot was already shot. With credits including "Battlestar Galactica," the "Falling Skies" subject matter -- humans form a resistance against seemingly malevolent ETs -- was still familiar terrain for Verheiden.

 Click through for our full interview, which touches on the drama's metaphorical value, his approach to the humans and aliens and the influence of executive producer Steven Spielberg...


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