Hawaii As a Different Sort of Resort

The pilot for a new television drama begins shooting in March on Oahu. It’s not unusual to hear Hawaii described as a resort, but this show is not about spas and fine dining. This is a futuristic thriller involving nuclear weapons and treason.Hawaii welcomes Hollywood to its shores once again for another TV series.

Last Resort is set in the near future, when the world is (still) on the brink of nuclear war. The crew of a nuclear submarine, the USS Nevada, refuses to execute direct orders to fire nuclear missiles issued under “suspicious circumstances.” In return, the sub is fired upon by its own allies. The captain and crew find refuge on an island with a NATO listening station. There they declare themselves to be the world’s smallest nuclear nation, independent and in possession of 24 nukes.

The hour-long pilot for ABC is created by Shawn Ryan, who also was executive producer of The Shield on FX, The Chicago Code on Fox and The Unit on CBS. While most of the mentions of the pilot so far have named these gritty series, Ryan was also a producer on Angel and Nash Bridges. I see a common theme: no shortage of testosterone. (Not that I’m complaining!)

According to TV Guide, Ryan will executive produce the series. He co-wrote the pilot with Karl Gajdusek, who created four episodes of the Showtime’s Dead Like Me. Martin Campbell will direct the pilot. Campbell also directed Casino Royale with Daniel Craig as in his first appearance as James Bond and GoldenEye, the first Bond outing for Pierce Brosnan, along with The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro, both with Antonio Banderas.

Writers on The Legend of Zorro included some names familiar to fans of Hawaii Five-0: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (executive producers on 33 episodes). Neither is associated with the new pilot; it’s just some fun trivia. Hawaii Five-0 also brought in a big-name action director for the pilot, so maybe this will be good luck for Last Resort.

The island that becomes home for the renegade sub and crew is called “Sainte Marina,” so Hawaii is not playing itself in a leading role this time around. The stars are expected to be from the mainland, but local actors are being cast as co-stars, supporting and featured background roles, according to Hawaii Actors Network.

Posted by: Bruce Fisher