- creator and producer of Sliders -
talking about the Sliders DVDs
Interview made on September 17, 2002
- The Timer:
We're all very excited by the Sliders DVDs. Will we have the chance
to see the deleted scene with Wade's mother in "Last Days"?
Robert K. Weiss: I am trying to make that happen! What else would you like to see on the DVD?
- The Timer: Well, the cast auditions would be a great idea.
Robert K. Weiss: Yes, we still have some.
Sliders - The Timer: It seems that
the whole team worked as "a family", and I'm sure the fans really
would love to see the atmosphere "behind the scenes".
Robert K. Weiss: Not much in the way of that that I am aware of. I have to check. I do have the original "demo" for Fox done before the shooting of the pilot was complete.
- The Timer: What about the design of the wormhole? It would
be very interesting to know more details about the visual effects...
Robert K. Weiss: The wormhole has a tortuous history but the original work by John Allison is the best.
- The Timer: Are there some details of the "alternate
realities" which weren't used in some episodes? I mean it would be
great to have a kind of map of the worlds visited by the Sliders.
Robert K. Weiss: Yes. In fact I have my original notes outlining other worlds. It is interesting to see what was eliminated, etc.
- The Timer: I suppose many fans would like to know how,when,
and why some worlds had a special evolution. I'd love to understand the
"history" of some famous Earths, such as the Earth of Luck of
the Draw, or The Weaker Sex, etc.
. Robert K. Weiss: That history is probably best done orally I hope I can do some kind of commentary with Tracy Torme, Jerry O'Connell, etc. I'm digging up some some prop pictures of Rembrandt, etc. not published elsewhere. I also have the "full" versions of some videos that we're part of episodes.
- The Timer: As for Rembrandt, I'm sure all the fans of
the Cryin' Man (like me!) would be glad to see the full versions of the
videos of "Cry Like A Man" and "Tears in my Fro"!
Robert K. Weiss: Absolutely!
- The Timer: Do you have a video of you whispering "Sliders"
for the opening credits?
Robert K. Weiss: Not a video. But the original audio tape might be around. How would you like to hear 26 takes of "Sssliders..."? [Laughs]
- The Timer: I know that a lot of fans are interested in
knowing details about the Timer. Many of them already tried to build their
own one! It would be interesting to have more pictures of the timer replicas
used in the episodes.
Robert K. Weiss: Good idea. Don't know what documentation exists. I might have some notes/sketches of the original.
- The Timer: Would it be possible to make picture galleries
of what made Sliders so realistic? I mean... the funny ads such as "Just
Think It" in Eggheads, or the cereal box... a kind of trademark of
Robert K. Weiss: A picture gallery... is possible. It's just a question of whether the material even exists anymore. In another universe it's all been catalogued, archivally stored, and digitally accessible! [Laughs]
- The Timer: What about some storyboards?
Robert K. Weiss: Yes, we have lots. Making a downselection will be hard.
Sliders - The Timer: I know that
you can't reveal anything about the Sliders movie... but many fans are
worrying: is the project dead?
Robert K. Weiss: The poject is near and dear to me but is currently on the back burner as Tracy and I have been involved with other things. Hard to predict when it will slide forward.
- The Timer: Thank you so much Bob for all these answers!
Robert K. Weiss: No problem. Be well and keep sliding!
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