The sci-fi revival on Syfy is continuing.
The cable network has just ordered a new six-hour miniseries entitled Childhood’s End, which is based on the 1953 Arthur C. Clarke novel of the same name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Childhood’s End, which has been in development at Syfy since April 2013, will, like the novel, center on “a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious ‘Overlords,’ whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.”
“As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present,” said Dave Howe, president of Syfy. “The powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.”
Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) will adapt the novel for television, and Nick Hurran (Sherlock) will direct. Meanwhile, Akiva Goldsman, most well-known for writing for and producing the Fox sci-fi series, Fringe, and Mike De Luca (Captain Phillips, Moneyball), will serve as executive producers.
Childhood’s End joins the bevy of new series that Syfy already has in motion, which include Ascension, Z Nation, 12 Monkeys, Olympus, and The Expanse. According to The Hollywood Reported, the cable network is also “developing futuristic military drama Ghost Brigades, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s futuristic comic Clone, Frank Miller’s Ronin and Letter 44, as well as The Magicians.”
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