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SYFY with several intriguing sci-fi projects during today's upfronts

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Including a Ringworld:

Yes, Larry Niven's classic book series about the coolest megastructure in space could finally be getting a four-hour miniseries, according to Entertainment Weekly. EW describes this as a story about human explorers traveling to the farthest reaches of space to investigate "an alien habitat the size of one million Earths." They crashland and discover ancient civilizations, miraculous technology, and a possible salvation for Earth. Syfy considered making a Ringworld miniseries nine years ago, with a different crew. Let's hope this turns out better than Syfy's two Riverworld miniseries, and its Earthsea mini. This is being written by Michael Perry (The River, Paranormal Activity 2). And it's a co-production of MGM Television and Universal Cable Productions (UCP).

Another project, Infinity looks like it would be in my wheel house.:
Infinity: This is one of several space shows that Syfy is putting into development, but this one is notable for being the creation of Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of The Middleman. It's being produced by Berman/Braun and Universal Television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this one starts out with an alien "armada" appearing near Pluto. Earth sends the only interstellar ship we have, created by a billionaire industrialist out of secret alien technology we discovered in the 1960s. But after the ship engages the alien fleet, it falls into a wormhole and winds up in deep uncharted space, searching for a way home. Expect lots of Middleman-style humor and insanity in this one.

Any other projects interest you guys?
 
Many of these shows sound like they could be good. All I´ll say is that they better pick one of the space based shows cause I´ll be very annoyed if they only go forward with the Earth based ones.
 
Infinity sounds good, but isn't Earth kinda ****ed when the only interstellar ship Earth has as a defense is lost after going thru a wormhole, leaving the Earth to face the armada on it's own?...

I'm sure that's what the plot twist would be.
 
This is good news. I'm glad that Syfy is getting back into the science fiction business.

Sojourn sounds like the most interesting to me.
 
Infinity would be my pick based on these descriptions. Clandestine also sounds good but in truth I´d be happy to give any of the off Earth based show a chance. There's been a horrible shortage of space based shows over the past few years :(
 
I'm hoping the stuff they had in development last year is still in play... I want a Booster Gold series, dammit. Eyes of the Dragon, too. :o:up:
 
Childhood's End: Another miniseries based on a classic book, this one by Arthur C. Clarke. (And Syfy still has the miniseries based on Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle in development too.) This is the novel which Upstream Color director Shane Carruth told us he loved for its clever take on an alien invasion: "even the victims don’t know that they’re victims. It’s a closed loop of a story, to have a race show up and provide everything, and that's the way that they conquer, in a way that nobody would ever recognize or resist." All we know about this miniseries is it's being executive produced by Michael DeLuca (The Social Network). (Also via EW.)

Granted it's based on a 50's book, but it sounds a lot like V.
 
I feel the need to comment on that, but it'd give away the twist, so I'll wrap it up:
The aliens aren't evil. I'm sure they'll screw it up and take all the optimism and wonder out for TV, but the damn aliens are altruistic.
 
Childhood's End: Another miniseries based on a classic book, this one by Arthur C. Clarke. (And Syfy still has the miniseries based on Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle in development too.) This is the novel which Upstream Color director Shane Carruth told us he loved for its clever take on an alien invasion: "even the victims don’t know that they’re victims. It’s a closed loop of a story, to have a race show up and provide everything, and that's the way that they conquer, in a way that nobody would ever recognize or resist." All we know about this miniseries is it's being executive produced by Michael DeLuca (The Social Network). (Also via EW.)

Granted it's based on a 50's book, but it sounds a lot like V.

That also reminds me of the SG-1 stuff they did. With aliens willing to help any race they meet. But in the long run. That race dies off
 
Purely altruistic aliens are pretty damn rare in fiction.

Probably cause it doesn't create for much tension, which you need for a story.

Aliens that come to Earth almost always have a secret motive.
 
I'm sure that's what the plot twist would be.


I was just curious as to whether the storyline would be from the perspective of the lost ship trying to get back home ala Star Trek Enterprise or whether the POV would be from an attacked and/or invaded Earth waiting for the return of the ship or both...
 
I was just curious as to whether the storyline would be from the perspective of the lost ship trying to get back home ala Star Trek Enterprise or whether the POV would be from an attacked and/or invaded Earth waiting for the return of the ship or both...

I would assume the ship. Though both could work too.
 

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