Great interview, Bob. Shawn Piller has always seemed like a class act to me; I wish him all the best. I like "Haven" about two episodes out of three, but I have a hard time really considering it to be a Stephen King adaptation. I'd say it's got even less to do with "The Colorado Kid" than the movie version of "The Lawnmower Man" had to do with the short story it was (supposedly) based on. In both cases, it seemed to be basically be only an excuse to capitalize on the King name-brand. Sure, there are occasional fun nods to King in "Haven"; I'm thinking of things like the guy who's just been released from Shawshank, or the kid in the yellow rain slicker reaching into the gutter, or the small-town-under-siege milieu of the whole thing. But really, these are things that could be done in virtually any television show. Heck, there were elements of the first season of "Lost" that were reminiscent of "The Stand," but nobody treated that like a King adaptation (and rightly so). My point is, I just don't think "Haven" has anything at all to do with "The Colorado Kid" or with the larger world of Stephen King's fictional universe. Instead, it's a fun show that is being made by people who do seem to be fans of King's works. And for me, that's where the similarities end.
Thanks to old friend Patrick Doyle, a cameraman on the show, I was able to have a great 40-minute chat with Piller.
Shawn Piller grew up “in the business,” the son of Michael Piller, a writer and producer best known for his contributions to various Star Trek properties, including The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and the feature film Star Trek: Insurrection.
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