Thursday, October 02, 2008
(via) This is intriguing.
What if the current financial crisis in the U.S. becomes so severe that Americans start to flee the country?Could be worth checking out. Here's hoping it makes it out of development and into production.
Welcome to "Americatown," a Chinatown-like enclave of U.S. immigrants in cities around the world.
HBO is developing the futuristic drama series project, which hails from writer Bradford Winters and producers Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy.
Set 25-40 years into the future when the precipitous decline of the U.S. leads to a mass exodus of its citizens, "Americatown" takes place in a cluster of newly arrived American immigrants in a big foreign city.
"By presenting Americans as immigrants in the near future, as both underdog and hero in the drama of global dislocation, we substitute a mirror for the rancor that informs much of the partisan debates on immigration," Winters said.
It didn't occur to me until later, but I suppose the idea isn't a million miles from my story "Gold Mountain," which does much the same thing, but from an alternate history perspective instead of a near future one.Post a Comment