Austin, TX, Writer and Executive Producer Carina MacKenzie pulled back the curtain on the process of reinventing classic teen sci-fi drama “Roswell” for Trump’s America. Speaking to moderator Cher Martinetti, Managing Editor of SYFY WIRE Fangrrls, MacKenzie explained that “I’m super politically active, and all I think about is what’s happening in the news. So I went in, and I pitched a version of this story that could only happen right now in 2018. Essentially, it’s a story about what would happen if aliens were discovered in Trump’s America right now in the middle of the country in a super conservative small town. So it’s 1000% a metaphor for everything that’s going on – it’s a metaphor for illegal immigration, it’s a metaphor for Islamophobia. We’re up to our elbows in everything that I wanted to talk about, and we’re doing it in a really cool way with magical powers and a UFO crash and good looking people.”
She also divulged some behind the scenes elements of the development process, revealing that The CW approved her pitch immediately upon hearing it: “I didn’t think The CW was going to take my pitch, but to their credit they bought the pitch at the table. They didn’t get up and walk away and discuss it. They were just like, ‘We’re doing this, let’s go,’ and ever since they’ve been super supportive of all those angles and haven’t asked me to pull back. They haven’t been scared. Even the testing for the pilot, they said people turn their dials down when you start talking about illegal immigration, but they told me, ‘We don’t care – keep going.’”
Other tidbits included confirmation that telekinesis will again be an ability that at least one of the reborn series’ characters will possess: “We’ve got a character in the pilot who gets really upset and angry – he’s telekinetic, and stuff starts happening.”
“Roswell, New Mexico” will premiere on The CW during the 2018-2019 season.
You can find high res images from the event here.