Funny story about how “TEK” came to be. Believe it or not, I’m actually NOT a big fan of westerns. Yes, there are obviously exceptions — the Sergio Leone films, Tarantino’s westerns, “True Grit” by the Cohen Brothers, etc. — but it’s still one of those genres that I always associate with the overly clean and overly romanticised John Wayne-esque films, and I’ve always had a hard time appreciating them. I don’t know why, they just never clicked. So, one day back at the end of 2015, after a summer in Italy working on the set of “While”, I ended up back in LA as an intern for a production company called Buffalo 8. I was a script reader — they sent me scripts, I read them and I said if it was worth investing in them or not. One of these happened to be a western – and I am not at liberty to say whose script it was, you never know — that was pretty ok, but still not my cup of tea. So, to make it read more fun, I decided “Eh, you know what? Why don’t I visualise this as a western with sci-fi elements to spice things up?”. The moment I did that, I could barely continue reading the script because I was overwhelmed by a wave of ideas, locations and talents I had discovered on “While” coming together all at once, and within a few hours I had already formulated and written out the first draft of “TEK”, spiced with references from a couple of anime’s I had already seen before, such as “Cowboy Bebop” and especially “Trigun”. I’d say those were actually my biggest inspirations and influences once I had the initial basis for this idea, and I wanted to be able to pay homage to the sci-fi, anime, and overall high-entertainment sensibility that I felt was so lacking in Italy. Plus, how could I resist being the first one to make a sci-fi western in all of Italy?