News, updates, and (mostly viable) rumors relating to development of science fiction / fantasy television productions. If you have tips or more info on these or other productions, please pass them along in the comments.
Not too much development news the last couple of weeks for sci fi / fantasy television, but there have still been a few announcements of note plus a couple of updates.
Production Team: Christian Torpe (Writer / Executive Producer), Dimension Television (Production Company)
Status: Pilot Ordered
About: “The series tells a harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates havoc.” Source: Deadline Hollywood
Comments: Based on the book by Stephen King which was previously adapted to the big screen by The Walking Dead‘s Frank Darabont. Spike will be looking at adding this to their slate either late 2016 or early 2017.
Production Team: Tony Basgallop (Creator / Executive Producer)
Status: Pilot Ordered.
About: “Prototype centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.” Source: Blastr
Comments: This project is in the early stages of development, but Syfy has ordered a pilot for the series and will likely be considering it for their 2017 schedule.
Production Team: Benjamin Arfmann (Director / Executive Producer), Secret Location (Studio)
Status: Early Development
About: “Halcyon is a police procedural series set in 2058 and focuses on a future world where virtual reality is as ubiquitous as smart phones are today. The series follows Julie Dover, a detective in the VR Crimes Unit, investigating the first real-life murder to take place within virtual reality.” Source: THR
Comments: Fifteen episodes of this series have been ordered. According to THR, “The series will comprise 10 episodes to view on Syfy linear channels around the world, along with their Syfy websites, while five VR episodes will be offered on the Oculus Rift platform.”
Production Team: Kazuto Nakazawa (Director), Production I.G. (Animation Studio)
Status: In Development
About: “The 12-episode series is set in the future where scientists have tried to create the “perfect human” in hopes of keeping peace in the universe. After nearly achieving their goal through several children, the scientists send their “new humans” for further training where they are kidnapped by an evil organization set on using their powers to implement their own concept of a new world order.” Source: Blastr.com
Comments: This animated series comes from Production I.G., the company that previously brought us anime works such as Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell and Blood: The Last Vampire. The series will likely hit the streaming service later this year or early 2017.
Production Team: Robert Kirkman (Creator / Writer / Executive Producer), David Alpert (Executive Producer), Skybound Entertainment (Production Company)
About: “Based on an original story by Kirkman, the series centers on a family living under the threat of a meteor that’s headed toward Earth. The project, produced in partnership with the global-television site Viki, is planned to unfold over five seasons.” Source: CBR
Comments: This series is being produced for South Korean television and will be aired internationally (I assume with subtitles) on Viki.
Marvel’s Most Wanted (Update)
Marvel’s Most Wanted
Production Team: Jeffrey Bell (Executive Producer), Paul Zbyszewski (Executive Producer)
Starring: Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood
Status: Pilot Ordered
About: “Centers on Bobbi Morse (aka Mockingbird) and Lance Hunter of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., two ex-spies and ex-spouses who are on the run with no friends, no S.H.I.E.L.D. and a long list of enemies looking to claim the bounty on their heads. Able to trust no one but each other, Bobbi and Hunter form an uneasy alliance with Dominic Fortune, a rogue adventurer with a wealth of resources and even more adversaries, who agrees to protect them so long as they help him with his own agenda. These two heroes will help anyone in need, all while trying to uncover the conspiracy that put their own lives in jeopardy.” Source: ABC/Marvel
Comments: We have already known about this series for a while, but an official synopsis has finally been released (see above). ABC will be considering this as an addition to their 2016-17 schedule. You can see my thoughts on on this one will fit in with / replace their current Marvel shows at this link.
Making History (Update)
Production Team: Julius “Goldie” Sharpe (Creator / Executive Producer), Phil Lord (Executive Producer), Chris Miller (Executive Producer), Seth Cohen (Executive Producer)
Status: Pilot Ordered
About: “The single-camera comedy centers on three unlikely friends who find an even less likely way to travel through time, irreversibly complicating their personal lives in 2016 as the great moments of the past collide with today’s pop culture, with hilarious and disastrous results. They visit some of the greatest moments of the past as they try to resolve their personal problems, while history and pop culture comically collide.” Source: Hollywood Reporter
Comments: This previously announced time travel comedy from The Last Man on Earth EPs Phil Lord and Chris Miller has now received an official title. FOX will consider this for the 2016-17 schedule.