It was revealed back in February that NBC’s “Heroes” would be returning as a new series, titled “Heroes Reborn,” in 2015 and since then few details have been revealed about the project save for Jack Coleman’s confirmed return. Now, in an interview with EW, series creator Tim Kring opened up about the new series and what we can expect.
“To be honest, it wasn’t a pitch from me, it was a pitch from NBC to me,” Kring revealed about the series’ origin. “They saw the value in that franchise and brand and asked if I was interested in helming it again. And we had left the story in a place where we had more story to tell. So given the opportunity, I had ideas of where I wanted the story to go originally when we were hoping for a fifth season and so when we were given the opportunity five years late, some of those same thoughts were there as to where this story goes. But five years had passed and I also had new ideas on how to reboot the brand in away that gives people a whole fresh take on the series with a whole host of new characters but gives you that sense of you’re in that world of Heroes you’re familiar with.”
The initial announcement for the 13-episode series revealed it would focus primarily on new characters instead of those introduced in the first four seasons. Kring went on to reveal why they decided to go that route with the new episodes.
“The vast, vast majority are brand new characters, brand new ideas. [Bringing back previous characters is] really only to give a sense of continuity and a tether to the original world. If it was all completely brand new, we’d miss certain elements that need to be there to give you that bridge to cross to something new. I approached Coleman because he was a character who had a spine through the series that allowed you to meet new characters. So he’s a character I wanted to make sure had a little part at the beginning of this thing.”
With the return of “Heroes Reborn,” NBC will launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines.