We told you back in January that Syfy had given the green light to time travel pilot Rewind; they’ve now confirmed the director – Jack Bender! – and the lead, and more of the storyline in the following press release:
SHANE McRAE SIGNS ON FOR LEAD IN SYFY’S TIME TRAVEL ACTION THRILLER REWIND FROM BERMANBRAUN AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
Jack Bender (Lost, Alphas) Set to Direct Pilot
NEW YORK – March 14, 2012 – Syfy has inked actor Shane McRae to star in the two-hour pilot for the action thriller Rewind from BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions. Jack Bender (Lost, Alphas) is set to direct the pilot penned by Justin Marks, who will also executive produce with Tom Spezialy, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein. Rewind is set to begin production in April 2012.
McRae attended the NYU Graduate Acting program where he received his master’s degree. Soon after, he landed his first role in the Tony Award-winning play Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out on Broadway. He was recently seen in The Help, Bad Teacher, The Adjustment Bureau and Killer Pad among others. He was also a series regular on NBC’s Four Kings. His theater credits include Fifth of July directed for Bay Street and Williamstown by Terry Kinney, Killer’s and Other Family (Rattlestick) and Richard III (Public Theatre). He’s represented by Gersh and TMT Entertainment.
Rewind revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack.
McRae will portray Henry Knox, ex-Special Forces who ranks as a field operative in a special division of the Department of Homeland Security. A self-aware, wry, clever and razor-sharp strategic mind, Knox likes to be underestimated. Now, Knox has been recruited for a nearly-impossible top-secret mission: to travel back in time to prevent a devastating terrorist attack.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com ), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 99 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA’s “Royal Pains,” “Psych,” “In Plain Sight,” “Covert Affairs,” “Fairly Legal” and “Suits,” along with Syfy’s “Eureka,” “Warehouse 13” and “Alphas.” The studio is also producing “I Just Want My Pants Back” for MTV. UCP is a division of NBCUniversal.
BermanBraun is an independent media company with three divisions — television, feature film and digital – which create and exploit entertainment content and advertising solutions across all platforms throughout the world.
BermanBraun’s digital division has created and operates some of the most popular properties online. They include the celebrity news site WONDERWALL, which BermanBraun launched in partnership with Microsoft in February 2009. The site is the primary celebrity destination on the MSN network, and currently ranks first in engagement among all competitive sites in entertainment news. The site averages nearly 14 million unique users per month. WONDERWALL exceeded 1 billion page views for the month of December 2012. In April 2010, BermanBraun launched GLO — a site created in partnership with MSN and Hachette Filipacchi Media. GLO features an innovative design that creates a unique “digital magazine” experience for women seeking style, beauty and lifestyle content. GLO currently ranks first in engagement among competitive sites in its lifestyle categories. BermanBraun is launching three new sites with AOL in 2012 in the categories of weather, pets and men.
In addition to REWIND, BermanBraun produces the recently renewed ALPHAS for the Syfy network; BRAD MELTZER’S DECODED (currently in its second season on History Channel); JUNK GYPSIES (to air in 2012 on HGTV); POLYAMORY (to air in 2012 on Showtime) and three new series to be produced with MythBusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage for Discovery Channel (the first series, UNCHAINED REACTION, will launch this month).
BermanBraun is also producing the pilots NOTORIOUS for NBC and UNTITLED LOUIS CK/SPIKE FERESTEN PROJECT for CBS.