Whoever though Heroes: Origins would only serve as filler while the original series was away on holiday, don't tell NBC that. The studio is taking the spinoff very seriously and has the talent to prove it.
Roth and Dougherty Board Heroes: Origins
Hostel-director Eli Roth has been picked up by NBC to write and direct a segment of Heroes: Origins. Though this move should get the horror fans excited, the network has also added scribe Michael Dougherty to the roster, who will also pen at least one episode. Dougherty understands the superhero genre, as he recently wrote Bryan Singer's Superman Returns.
Roth and Dougherty join Kevin Smith, who was unofficially announced as another Heroes: Origins writer-director during the recent Comic-Con fest.
NBC has ordered six episodes of Heroes: Origins, which follows the exploits of characters that have yet to be seen on the original series. Viewers will eventually vote on which Heroes: Origins character will be added to the main series in season three.
Heroes: Origins will air midseason.
Eli Roth is known for other films including Cabin Fever, which placed him on the map. If you were not a fan of Superman Returns, Dougherty also wrote X2: X-Men United, which is still considered by many to be the best ensemble comicbook movie to date.