By Lynette Rice
March 02, 2010 at 10:06 PM EST

Well, it sounded like an intriguing idea at the time: ABC decided to pass on developing a small screen version of the apocalyptic film 2012, a drama series that would have depicted the disaster’s aftermath. Future production costs may have been a factor in ABC’s decision, though the status of the network’s other high-concept genre shows (FlashForward, V) could have played a role, too. Both shows struggled in the ratings last fall and have yet to receive a second season pickup. A spokeswoman for ABC declined to comment.

Last November, 2012 executive producer Mark Gordon, who was on board to produce the TV show, told EW that ABC “will have an opening in their disaster-related programming after Lost ends” so he thought “people would be interested in this topic on a weekly basis. There’s hope for the world despite the magnitude of the 2012 disaster as seen in the film. After the movie, there are some people who survive and the question is how will these survivors build a new world and what will it look like. That might make an interesting TV series.”

For more on ABC’s fall development:

Pilot Intel: ABC developing 11 dramas, 12 comedies