Syfy has been adapting literary works focusing on sci-fi genres over the last couple of months and we have to be honest, things are looking pretty good right now. The basic cable and satellite television channel is well-known for their original B-movies with production budgets of $1-2 million which include the likes of “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2: The Second One”. Lately it seems the TV channel will have much more to offer its subscribers with the introduction of sci-fi shows spearheaded by top production teams.
Syfy president Dave Howe recently made a very confident statement about the future of the expected sci-fi shows heading our way. While introducing “Hunters”, the pres said:
“Adding Hunters to new series such as ‘The Expanse’, ’12 Monkeys’ and ‘Killjoys’, and the miniseries ‘Childhood’s End’, provides us with a formidable lineup of diverse, high-end science fiction,”
Let’s check out the 5 Syfy Science Fiction Shows to Keep An Eye On:
1. Hunters (2016)
“Hunters” is an adaptation from Whitley Strieber’s novel “Alien Hunter”, which primarily focuses on a Philadelphia cop who searches for his missing wife and leads him to discover a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists who may not be from this world. “Heroes” alum Natalie Chaidez has been hired to pen the pilot and she is also onboard to executive produce the series. The series comes from Sci-Fi mastermind Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator films). The project is given a 13-episode series order and scheduled to premiere on Syfy in 2016.
Read on here: syfy.com/hunters
2. The Expanse (2015)
“The Expanse” is based on the New York Times bestselling book series of the same name by James S.A. Corey. The series is set two hundred years in the future, following a 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. Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) are hired to pen the script. Some insiders described the upcoming show as a “Game of Thrones in space”. Syfy fans can expect no less than 10 episodes for “The Expanse” set to be released in 2015.
Read on here: syfy.com/theexpanse
3. 12 Monkeys (2015)
Syfy is adapting Terry Gilliam’s 1995 feature “12 Monkeys” which was originally inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 short film La Jetée. Starring Aaron Stanford (Nikita, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2), Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars), Noah Bean (Nikita, Damages) and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe), follows the journey of a time traveller (Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race. The premise of the story is more or less the same as the first 12 Monkeys director by Gilliam. Original movie producers Chuck Roven and Richard Suckle from Atlas Entertainment is attached to the project, with Terry Matalas (“Nikita”, “Terra Nova”) and Travis Fickett (“Nikita”, “Terra Nova”) will pen the script, with “24′s” Jon Cassar onboard to direct. The 13-episode series is set for a 2015 premiere.
Read on here: syfy.com/12monkeys
4. Killjoys (2015)
Killjoys comes from the producers of “Orphan Black”, and the creator of “Lost Girl” (Michelle Lovretta). The series follows a fun-loving, hard living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multiplanetary class war. Howe mentioned that “with its explosive action, smartly-drawn characters, and fun and provocative story-lines, “Killjoys” has all the ingredients to make it the perfect complement to our expanding slate of quality science fiction drama series”. The show will be produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Syfy and Bell Media/Space. The 10-episode space adventure drama series will premiere in 2015.
Read on here: syfy.com/killjoys
5. Childhood’s End (2015)
“Childhood’s End” is planned as a six-hour miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 classic. The story follows the 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. Howe once says that “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.” Akiva Goldsman (“Fringe”) and Mike De Luca (“Dracula Untold”) will executive produce the project, with a script written by Matthew Graham. The Nick Hurran directed show is expected to premiere in 2015.
Read on here: syfy.com/childhoodsend
Additional source: deadline.com