LG: Lisa Getto, back again with Jack Jolley, producer for the forthcoming “Rory Rammer, Space Marshal” TV project.
JJ: Good to be here.
LG: Jack, what attracted you to a “Rory Rammer” revival?
JJ: Lisa, “Rory Rammer” is a mainstay of American popular culture. It has tremendous nostalgia appeal, while being artistically challenging, action-packed, and thematically relevant for the twenty-first century.
LG: I see. I think. Will you be sticking to the original series?
JJ: Absolutely. We have tremendous respect for “Classic Rory,” and will be hewing closely to the original concept, while re-imagining it for a contemporary demographic.
LG: I — see. So we can look forward to seeing more of Rory, Skip, the Space Marshals, the “Silver Star” — ?
JJ: Absolutely. Right down the line. Well — there will be a slight title change.
LG: To what?
JJ: “Rory Rammer, XTCU.”
JJ: “Extra-Terrestrial Crime Unit.”
LG: O-kay. Well, as long as it’s still Rory and Skip —
JJ: Yes, we updated Skip Sagan’s gender. To female.
LG: Cast the role yet?
JJ: She’s six feet tall, ash-blonde, with a brain like a positronic computer, and a body made for either lethal, bare-handed combat or passionate physicality, whichever the situation calls for!
LG: “Passionate physicality”?
JJ: Let’s just say that she takes a very — personal — interest in her superior officer, as they pursue their undercover mission through the Asteroid Belt, pursued by both The Man and Interplanetary Organized Crime. (Beat) And she doesn’t wear too many clothes.
LG: Let’s cut to the chase: Are they having sex?
JJ: That depends.
LG: On what?
JJ: On what the ratings look like after the fourth or fifth show.
LG: And what if that doesn’t, uh — “bring up” your ratings?
JJ: Two words: Mutant baby.
LG: Thank you, Jack Jolley, producer of the new “Rory Rammer” —
JJ: — “Extra-Terrestrial Crime Unit” —
LG: Look for it this fall —
JJ: — or maybe spring of 2005 —
LG: On Fox.
JJ: Or could be UPN.
LG: Maybe the SciFi Channel?
JJ: Possibly at a video-rental store near you.
LG: “Soon to be a minor motion picture.” Thank you, Jack.