Syfy has handed a 10 episode straight-to-series order to The Expanse, a space-opera series which hails from Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby and Alcon Television Group – marking the first series order for the company.
Based on the book series of the same name, The Expanse set two hundred years in the future and follows the 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. The script was written by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby who will continue to write for the series and executive produce alongside Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Sean Daniel Company’s Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, who developed the original pitch, will also EP.
The Expanse is the latest project to get a green-light in recent months as Syfy, now under new President of Original Content Bill McGoldrick, is aggressively expanding their slate of original scripted series. Other projects that have recently picked up include Dominion, limited series Ascension, Mythological drama Olympus and 12 Monkeys. It also marks Syfy’s re-entry into the space-opera genre, an area of programming that the network has had a hard time cracking since Battlestar Galactica went off the air.
“The Expanse is epic in scale and scope and promises to be Syfy’s most ambitious series to date. Bringing this coveted book franchise to television with our partners at Alcon and the Sean Daniel Company is a giant win for Syfy, reinforcing our overall strategy to produce bold, provocative and compelling sci-fi fantasy stories”, said Dave Howe, President of Syfy. “The Expanse joins a killer line-up of high-concept, high quality series, along with recently announced original projects ‘Ascension,’ ’12 Monkeys,’ the renewal of ‘Helix,’ and the soon to premiere ‘Dominion.’”