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Wes Craven to Develop Two New TV Shows for SyFy Channel


Wes Craven, the horror movie maverick, will be making his television debut with two series on the SyFy channel. According to a recent announcement, the director will be small screen adaptations of The People Under the Stairs and We Are All Completely Fine, the former of which is based on Craven’s own 1991 film of the same name.

In the television version of “The People Under the Stairs” Craven will serve as executive producer. The series is being described as  “a contemporary Downton Abbey meets Amityville Horror, with a young woman’s disappearance in the Robeson Family Manor exposing the estate’s dark history.”

“We Are All Completely Fine” is based off the novel by Daryl Gregory. It follows psychologist Dr. Jan Sayer as he forms a support groups for survivors of five different horror film scenarios. Craven is slated to write the script and direct the pilot episode, as well as act as executive producer for the series.

Dawn Olmstead, UCP executive vice president of development, said in a release,

“We’re thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television.”

Craven recently also signed on to executive produce the MTV small screen adaptation of the popular horror film series, Scream.

Syfy to Adapt Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin


Syfy has announced plans to adapt the Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award novel, “Spin,” into a six-hour miniseries. Jim Uhls has signed on to adapt the novel for the miniseries. The novel was originally published in 2005. “Spin” is the first novel in a trilogy written by Wilson. The best-selling trilogy also includes “Axis” and “Vortex.”

The novel is officially described as follows:

Spin is Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award-winning masterpiece—a stunning combination of a galactic “what if” and a small-scale, very human story. One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives. The effect is worldwide. The sun is now a featureless disk—a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. Not only have the world’s artificial satellites fallen out of orbit, their recovered remains are pitted and aged, as though they’d been in space far longer than their known lifespans. As Tyler, Jason, and Diane grow up, a space probe reveals a bizarre truth: The barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time is passing faster outside the barrier than inside—more than a hundred million years per year on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future. Jason, now a promising young scientist, devotes his life to working against this slow-moving apocalypse. Diane throws herself into hedonism, marrying a sinister cult leader who’s forged a new religion out of the fears of the masses. Earth sends terraforming machines to Mars to let the onrush of time do its work, turning the planet green. Next they send humans…and immediately get back an emissary with thousands of years of stories to tell about the settling of Mars. Then Earth’s probes reveal that an identical barrier has appeared around Mars. Jason, desperate, seeds near space with self-replicating machines that will scatter copies of themselves outward from the sun—and report back on what they find. Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

The miniseries will be produced by Universal Cable Productions alongside Rob Morrow’s Bits and Pieces Picture Company and Olympus Picture’s Leslie Urdang.

There is no word on when the miniseries is planned to premiere on Syfy. They have not announced who the studio is eyeing to star in the project or who will be helming the production in the director’s chair.

Syfy Orders “Olympus” Mythological Drama Series



Syfy has ordered another series for the upcoming slate. The network has ordered a 13 episode season of a mythology inspired show titled “Olympus.” Production begins this summer in Vancouver and London, with casting underway.

“Olympus” is set in the world of humans, gods, and monsters. Just like the Romans always envisioned. It centers on how a few brave men and women banished the gods to the realm of the unconscious: a place they called the Underworld, or the Kingdom of Hades. The series follows Hero on his journey as he transforms from a fresh-faced and raw young man through the dramatic experiences of betrayal, love, disappointment, empowerment and exile, until he emerges a ruthless leader of man and a match for the gods themselves.

Nick Willing will write and direct the first episode. Robert Halmi Jr., Jim Reeve, Matthew O’Connor and Lisa Richardson will serve as executive producers. Reunion Pictures and London’s Olympus TV are producing in association with Great Point Media.

Olympus is a fantastic blend of action, intense thrills, creatures and great storytelling. It will feature characters from mythology in a way never before imagined,” said Chris Regina, senior vp programming at Syfy. “It’s an excellent complement to our roster of programming, and we can’t wait to share the adventures of Hero with the Syfy audience.”

Syfy is aiming to premiere the series sometime in 2015.

Vertigo Comic DMZ Headed to Syfy From Mad Men Writers


According to a report from Deadline, the Vertigo comic book series, “DMZ” is about to be adapted into a television series. Even better, the series has gained former “Mad Men” executive producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton are working with David Heyman to bring the comic to series.

“DMZ” was created by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. It ran for over 70 issues from 2005 to 2012. The series is officially described as follows:

In the near future, America’s worst nightmare has come true. With military adventurism overseas bogging down the Army and National Guard, the U.S. government mistakenly neglects the very real threat of anti-establishment militias scattered across the 50 states. Like a sleeping giant, Middle America rises up and violently pushes its way to the shining seas, coming to a standstill at the line in the sand — Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ.

Matty Roth, a naïve young man and aspiring photojournalist, lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go terribly wrong, and Matty finds himself lost and alone in a world he’s only seen on television. There, he is faced with a choice: try to find a way off the island, or make his career with an assignment most journalists would kill for. But can he survive in a war zone long enough to report the truth?

“DMZ” is currently in development at Syfy.

Syfy Gives Green Light to Space-Opera Series “The Expanse”


Syfy has green lit yet another project for their upcoming season, this time it is a space-opera project titled “The Expanse.” The series order is for 10 episodes. “The Expanse” is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey).

A thriller set two hundred years in the future, “The Expanse” follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

The pilot was written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. The team will continue to serve as writers as well as executive producers.

ATG President Sharon Hall states,

“‘The Expanse’ is an addictive, sophisticated, character-driven franchise and Mark and Hawk are the perfect people to steer it. Their script is a totally immersive and accessible sci-fi journey. We are thrilled to be in business with Syfy on this venture.”

Brown and Daniel added,

“‘The Expanse’ is one of the most special pieces of material we’ve ever encountered and it has been our dream to bring it to life since the moment we read it. We couldn’t be more excited to be doing it with this team of all-stars – Mark, Hawk, and our partners at Alcon and Syfy.”

“The Expanse” is produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order. Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will serve as executive producers with Sharon Hall. Alcon Television executive Ben Roberts will serve as co-producer. Ben Cook will serve as producer.

The multi-installment, best-selling book series is published in 17 countries, including China, France, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. One in the series, “Leviathan Wakes,” was nominated for a Hugo Award as well as a Locus Award, while “Caliban’s War” was nominated for a Locus Award.

Syfy Plans Beowulf Series


The SyFy Channel has announced plans to adapt the epic poem, “Beowulf,” into a new series, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

“Beowulf”  is an Old English heroic epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature. It survives in a single manuscript known as the Nowell Codex. Its composition by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet is dated between the 8th and the early 11th century. The poem’s existence for its first seven centuries or so made no impression on writers and scholars, and besides a brief mention in a 1705 catalogue by Humfrey Wanley it was not studied until the end of the eighteenth century, and not published in its entirety until the 1815 edition prepared by the Icelandic-Danish scholar Grímur Jónsson Thorkelin.

In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats in Scandinavia, comes to the help of Hroðgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall (in Heorot) has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel’s mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland in Sweden and later becomes king of the Geats. After a period of fifty years has passed, Beowulf defeats a dragon, but is fatally wounded in the battle. After his death, his attendants bury him in a tumulus, a burial mound, in Geatland.

“Beowulf” has previously been adapted to the big and small screen several times. Most notably was the motion capture film adaptation in 2007 that was directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Matt Greenberg is attached to write the project. The new “Beowulf” series will be executive produced by Michael Chechik, Andrew Cosby, Paulo de Oliveria, Matt Greenberg and Brian Hamilton. There is currently no word on who is being looked at to star in the series or a projected premiere date.

Gale Anne Hurd to Bring Whitley Strieber’s Alien Hunter to Syfy

alien hunter by whitley strieber

Whitley Strieber’s newest novel, “Alien Hunter,” has officially been optioned for the small screen. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Gale Anne Hurd will be developing the series for the Syfy network. Hurd is most known for serving as executive producer of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Natalie Chaidez (“V,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) will provide the adapted screenplay for the pilot. Continue reading

Syfy Acquires Supernatural Drama Series “Bitten”


Syfy has officially announced plans to broadcast the Space and Entertainment One (eOne) original drama series, “Bitten” in the U.S. The series is based on the New York Times best-selling “Women of the Otherworld” novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong.

“Bitten” stars Laura Vandervoort, known for her role on “Smallville,” as Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. It also features Greg Bryk as Pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers, Greyston Holt as Clayton Danvers, and Paul Greene as Philip McAdams. Continue reading

Timur Bekmambetov Creating Post-Apocalyptic Wizard of Oz Television Series


The Wizard of Oz reboots and adaptations just don’t stop coming. A new version of the classic world from the mind of L. Frank Baum, is about to hit the small screen this time. Deadline has reported that director Timur Bekmambetov will be serving as executive producer and potentially directing an upcoming miniseries called “Warriors of Oz” which will be airing on SyFy. Continue reading

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.” Continue reading