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"Michael goes from being a bit of a douche-bag to the world’s biggest underdog. We didn’t want to shrink from his failings at the start of the story. He’s wrecked his marriage, rarely sees his son, drinks too much, lets his work colleague down. He’s Mr. Unreliable. You know those are all unlikable qualities. But then he gets his quest: get to Manhattan and rescue his son when the world around him has turned into a surreal war zone. And he alone has no powers. Suddenly he’s the hero and all the odds are stacked against him. Hopefully, that makes people root for him. And he grows as the story continues. He has an arc. He’s not the same guy by the end."

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"I’m big on theme being the controlling spine of a story. Here it’s ‘finding something extraordinary in the most ordinary person’, even if you can’t see that in your day to day surrounding. The title is something of a misnomer. Michael has to discover that he is far from ordinary. That plays into the narrative when it turns out that he being the sole human not affected by the plague means that he carries the cure somewhere inside him. But a lot of powerful people don’t want a cure, so suddenly Michael is hunted."

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"It came out of the raft of superhero movies and all the origin stories they tell. It struck me that they all had the same setup: ‘in an ordinary world one person becomes extraordinary.’ So the natural thing to do is to twist that: ‘in an extraordinary world, one person is ordinary.’ A plague gives everybody on the planet very disparate super powers, all apart from one guy. He’s the most ordinary man alive, and he was very ordinary in the first place. From there it’s a story about finding something extraordinary inside yourself."

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