It’s a “Roswell” reboot as the late-1990s TV series, which aired for three seasons and 61 episodes, is getting a pilot order.
Warner Bros. Television/Palladin Productions will begin principal photography this month on the “Untitled Roswell Project.”
“We’re excited to welcome another production highlighting New Mexico’s unique history,” said Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “With strong tools, infrastructure, as well as unique stories and landscapes, New Mexico is a perfect location for any production.”
Production will take place in Albuquerque.
It is based on the Roswell High book series, written by Melinda Metz.
The upcoming pilot tells the story of a daughter of immigrants who, after reluctantly returning to her hometown of Roswell, discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: He’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life.
She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.
The pilot will star Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles, Michael Trevino, Tyler Blackburn and Heather Hemmens.
According to the state Film Office, the production will employ 90 New Mexico crew members and approximately 800 New Mexico background talent.
The pilot is produced by My So-Called Company, Amblin Television and Bender Brown Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Carina Adly MacKenzie wrote the pilot script and serves as executive producer along with Julie Plec, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown.
MacKenzie worked on “The Originals.”
Plec is known for her successful work on “The Originals” and “The Vampire Diaries.”