Syfy News: DARK MATTER, CHILDHOOD’s END, 3001 And More

by on November 15, 2014

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Syfy Channel TV news

Syfy has been busy building a nice upcoming portfolio of new shows and it is a worthy looking schedule, from 12 Monkeys to Ascension. But they are working on more new and promising upcoming projects. Below is a short compilation of these projects which includes two Arthur C. Clarke novels, a new project from Joseph Mallozzi (Stargate) the return date of Face Off, and the new night that Syfy’s wrestling will be on..

Via Press Release:

Incorporated:

Syfy is partnering with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films and CBS Television Studios to develop Incorporated, a futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power.

This will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system. David and Alex Pastor (“Selfless”, “The Last Days”) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing.

Dark Matter

Syfy has acquired the new original series Dark Matter, which will be produced by Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl, XIII) and created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (Stargate franchise).

The 13 episode series will be based on the graphic novel Dark Matter by Mallozzi and Mullie, published by Dark Horse Comics, and will air on Syfy in 2015.

The story is about a crew of a derelict spaceship that is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.

Face Off

If you’re curious, Face Off is returning to Syfy for their eighth season premiering on Tuesday, Jan 13th,  themed “Return of the Champions.”

In a twist on the show’s traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.

Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End

Syfy and Universal Cable Productions today announced that Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Phantom of the Opera, Jewel in the Crown and Bleak House), will play the lead role of the alien Overlord “Karellen” in the upcoming six-hour miniseries Childhood’s End.

Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel, Childhood’s End will premiere on Syfy in 2015.

Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Karellen (Dance), the ambassador for the Overlords, makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren.  Karellen’s comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, beginning decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture. However, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent.

The miniseries will be directed by Nick Hurran, who received an Emmy Award nomination for Sherlock and a Hugo Award nomination for Dr. Who.

Arthur C. Clarke’s 3001: The Final Odyssey

Syfy is working with Scott Free Productions and Warner Horizon Television to adapt the Arthur C. Clarke novel 3001: The Final Odyssey into a miniseries. Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral) will write the adaptation and serve as executive producer along with Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. Clayton Krueger will serve as co-executive producer.

An epic story of a man lost in time, Arthur C. Clarke’s final “Odyssey” book resolves the tale that was begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Beginning with the discovery of Frank Poole’s frozen body, floating in space, 3001: The Final Odyssey offers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.

Arthur C. Clarke’s “Odyssey” series spanned over 30 years, with the initial publication of “2001” in 1968, and the final “3001” 1997.  The original film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is an Academy Award winning classic, and “2010” was the only other of the novels to be filmed.  The estates of both Kubrick and Clarke have offered their full support for “3001: The Final Odyssey.”

Smackdown Moves

The show that averages 3.1 million viewers on Friday nights and beats all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network is moving to Thursday nights on Syfy beginning January 15 at 8pm ET.  With nearly 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind WWE’s other flagship program, Monday Night Raw.

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians

Syfy and Universal Cable Productions have cast Stella Maeve (Chicago PD), Hale Appleman (Teeth) and Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) in key roles for the upcoming pilot The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved #1 New York Times best-selling book series, which begins production in New Orleans this December.  Acclaimed independent film producer Mike Cahill (I Origins, Another Earth) is signed on to direct.

Stella Maeve (Chicago PD) will play the beautiful and confident Julia, Hale Appleman (Teeth, Beautiful Ohio) will portray Eliot, and Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie, How to Get Away With Murder) will portray Penny, a young man with an edgy look and attitude.

The Magicians, produced by Universal Cable Productions, follows 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real and poses grave danger to humanity.   John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural) will write the script, with Michael London (Milk) as producer. Production on the pilot is set to start this December in New Orleans.

Lev Grossman’s “Magicians” trilogy has been an international sensation, published and widely praised in more than twenty countries. The epic conclusion to the series, “The Magician’s Land,” just opened at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller’s list.

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