Syfy has given the greenlight to Childhood’s End, a six hour miniseries adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke sci-fi novel of the same name,
Childhood’s End 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.
The novel was originally published in 1953 and has been adapted by Life On Mars creator Matthew Graham. Universal Cable Productions is producing the mini, which is being executive produced by Akiva Goldsman & Mike De Luca and has Doctor Who helmer Nick Hurran attached to direct.
Childhood’s End is the latest project to get a greenlight at Syfy in recent months as the network continues to beef up on scripted programming under new EVP of Original Content Bill McGoldrick. Other recent scripted orders include Killjoys, The Expanse, 12 Monkeys, Olympus and zombie drama Z Nation, which is set to premiere next week.
“As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present”, said Syfy President Dave Howe. “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. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.”