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Syfy Gives 10-Episode Order to Space Opera 'The Expanse'

 

Syfy Gives 10-Episode Order to Space Opera 'The Expanse'

 

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.


Details
Show:
- The Expanse
Network:
- Syfy

Written by: AnthonyWrites
Apr 11th, 2014, 9:33 am

Images courtesy of Orbit Books

schpat

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Message Posted On Apr 13th, 2014, 9:47 pm

Ty Franck is George RR Martin's assistant. He might not be after this success though  If you name him as one of the authors and liken the story to GoT then why not mention the connection.

Anyway.  This series of books is briliant and I'm really looking forward to the show,

schpat

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Since: 14/Apr/14
Message Posted On Apr 13th, 2014, 5:52 pm

Ty Franck is George RR Martin's assistant. He might not be after this success though  If you name him as one of the authors and liken the story to GoT then why not mention the connection.

Anyway.  This series of books is briliant and I'm really looking forward to the show,

Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 12th, 2014, 9:12 pm
"Sci-fi in space? Is it finally going to happen? It's been years." Yeah. Been a long time since we had "strange new worlds" (well, outside of Dr Who sometimes I guess). A lot of sci-fi these days seems to be ashamed of its genre.
Anonymoo

Message Posted On Apr 12th, 2014, 7:10 am
As long as they don't frak it up. Helix sucked rancid dog turds to be kind.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 12th, 2014, 6:08 am
Sci-fi in space? Is it finally going to happen? It's been years.
mike1616

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Since: 19/Dec/12
Message Posted On Apr 11th, 2014, 5:08 pm

This sounds like it could be interesting and entertaining.

W O O H O O

BRING ON THE SIC-FI :-)

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