Syfy to Adapt The Test, Ringworld, The Lotus Caves, Childhood’s End and The Man in the High Castle


Syfy announced that they have a whole slew of new projects coming up as they more forwarding adapting several novels into new miniseries for the channel including both Larry Niven’s “Ringworld” and Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End.”

“No Place”

“No Place” will be created as Syfy joins creative forces with Fox Television Studios, Academy Award-winning director/producer Robert Zemeckis, producers Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine, and feature film writing team John Brancato and Michael Ferris. Zemeckis and Rapke will serve as executive producers along with Brancato and Ferris who will write the pilot.

“No Place” is based on the Top Cow comic book “The Test” by Matt Hawkins and Joshua Hale Fialkov, with illustrations by Rahsan Ekedal.

In “No Place,” residents of a high-tech gated community awaken one morning to find themselves alone and cut off from the rest of reality – nothing exists beyond the community’s walls. Only one man has contact with the powers responsible for what is known as “The Rift,” and he must lead his fellow residents beyond the void to discover the truth.

Circle of Confusion will also produce the project with David Alpert (“The Walking Dead”) and Rick Jacobs as executive producers. Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri serve as executive producers for Top Cow.

“We are very excited to be in business with this amazing A-list team,” said Stern. “We look forward to them bringing their high-quality feature-level sensibility to this taut sci-fi drama.”

“High Moon”

This will be the adaptation of the John Christopher best-selling novel “The Lotus Caves.” Along with a creative team featuring Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies”) and Jim Danger Gray (“Pushing Daisies,” “Hannibal”), Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio.

“High Moon” is an imaginative, out-of-this-world series exploring what happens when the countries of Earth establish colonies to mine the Moon’s resources and discover a new form of life. Chaos erupts in a genuinely emotional, humorously thrilling and always unexpected fashion as the people of the Moon race to uncover this life form’s powerful secrets.

Stern also commented about the adaptation saying,

Said Stern: “In the hands of visionary Bryan Fuller and this outstanding production team, ‘High Moon’ will be an imaginative, groundbreaking story featuring complex characters in a high-stakes drama. This represents our commitment to quality programming that redefines the genre and we’re excited to begin production.”


The popular 1970 novel series from Larry Niven will be adapted into a miniseries. It is set to be adapted by Michael Perry and is being developed as a four hour miniseries. The project is a co-production of MGM Television and Universal Cable Productions (UCP), with MGM as the lead studio. Executive producers are William S. Todman Jr. and Edward Milstein.

In “Ringworld,” a hastily-assembled team of explorers travels to the farthest reaches of space to investigate a mind-blowing alien artifact called Ringworld – an artificial habitat the size of one million Earths. As they crash land on this enormous structure, they discover the remnants of ancient civilizations, technology beyond their wildest dreams, mysteries that shed light on the very origins of man and, most importantly, a possible salvation for a doomed Earth.

“Childhood’s End”

“Childhood’s End” will be executive produced by Michael DeLuca with Universal Cable Productions serving as the studio. It is being adapted from the 1953 Arthur C. Clarke novel.

“Childhood’s End” follows a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival ends all war and turns the planet into a near-utopia.

Stern also commented about “Childhood’s End” stating,

“We’re proud to bring to life these science fiction masterpieces, ‘Ringworld’ and ‘Childhood’s End.’ With their brilliant scope of imagination, the astonishing visions of these two novels created riveting possibilities into the future of humanity which remain timely and provocative.”

Philip K. Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” was announced as a miniseries last month and will produced through Scott Free Productions.

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