Syfy’s slate of original programming continues to grow, and they look to the future and the outer reaches of space for their latest venture.
The network has given a direct-to-series order to ‘The Expanse,’ an epic science fiction tale based on a series of acclaimed books by author James S.A. Corey. The 10-episode order is described as a space opera in the vein of ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and comes from Alcon Entertainment and writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.
The screenwriting duo were previously nominated for an Oscar for ‘Children of Men,’ and also wrote the superhero blockbuster ‘Iron Man.’ The pair will serve as executive producers.
Set 200 years in the future, ‘The Expanse’ is a mystery thriller that brings together a hardened detective and a rogue captain in race across the solar system to expose “the greatest conspiracy in human history" with a missing young woman at the center of it all.
The series is touted as the network’s most ambitious series to date, and will join an ever-growing lineup that includes newly announced original projects such as ‘Ascension,’ '12 Monkeys,' ‘Dominion,’ and the returning ‘Helix’ and ‘Defiance.’ They've also a zombie series and a mythology drama in the works.
Some apparently optimistic industry insiders have referred to the series as ‘Game of Thrones’ in space due to its adult narratives and epic feel. At least one comparison is that the source material is rather recent. The first installment of ‘The Expanse’ series, ‘Leviathan Wakes,’ was published in June 2011, with the fourth in the series coming this summer. There is also a trio of short novellas in the catalogue.
Unlike ‘Game of Thrones,’ there is not one author, but two: James S.A. Corey is a pen name used by collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.