Harry and Jack Williams Q&A: ‘The Missing’ creators
“We’re certainly open to it,” writer and executive producer Harry Williams says about making a third season of “The Missing” in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above). His creative partner Jack Williams adds, “We keep thinking we want to, but we haven’t made any progress towards doing so.” The brothers note that if they do continue the series, the show will reinvent itself as much as it did when it returned for a second season on Starz.
Although both seasons follow Tchéky Karyo’s character Detective Julien Baptiste investigating the long-term disappearance of a missing child, Harry notes, “The second one was very different. It felt very different — it was more like a puzzle. It was way more complex. There was a lot more going on and we were worried about that actually when we wrote it that people would struggle to keep up with it.”
Perhaps because of the tonal and stylistic revamp, Starz has again submitted “The Missing” for Emmy consideration not as a continuing drama series, but as a new limited series. Harry justifies the decision: “It is a brand new story,” to which Jack adds, “It’s so much work. It is reinventing an entirely new show.”
Jack also quips, “I think that describes our writing ability — limited.” That Harry and Jack joke frequently in the interview is unsurprising in light of their background in comedy screenwriting. But Jack notes, “When we wrote comedy, it was absolute painstaking misery… It was just horrible. You’d write it and you’d try and think of jokes and it was just honestly hours of pitching terrible lines at each other and then just settling for the one thing we thought wasn’t awful.” Harry adds, “Our comedies were about as funny as ‘The Missing’ 2 was… It’s a joy to watch, but god, I’m glad I’m not writing it anymore.”
The Williams brothers are also Emmy-eligible this year in Best Comedy Series as executive producers of “Fleabag” starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge and have several other upcoming television programs in various stages of production under their Two Brothers Pictures banner. Harry explains, “We spent eight years not getting anything made. We got into the habit of having lots of ideas all the time that we wanted to write and being unemployed, so now, we’re employed, trying to write as much as we can.”