Syfy has set their sights on a Robert Charles Wilson novel for their next longform project.
At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour the network announced that they are developing an adaptation of the noted author’s novel Spin as a six hour miniseries.
Published in 2005, Spin is the first in a trilogy of novels and centers on a young scientist trying to save humanity from the impending apocalypse of a mysterious, impenetrable cloud that has enveloped the entire Earth, blacking out the stars.
The adaptation is set up at Syfy’s sister studio Universal Cable Productions, Bits and Pieces Picture Company and Olympus Pictures, and is being written by Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls. The executive producers are Rob Morrow and Leslie Urdang.
With the announcement, a Spin mini is one step closer to fruition. Universal Cable Productions initially optioned the novel last June, with plans to turn it into an “event series”. It was at that same time that Rob Morrow and Leslie Urdang boarded the project and while no network was attached, it was widely expected to land at Syfy.
“Spin is beloved in the sci-fi world for its dynamic characters and engaging storylines. We’re excited to bring this masterpiece to life with Rob Morrow and the team at Olympus Pictures,” said Universal Cable Production’s Executive Vice-President of Development Dawn Olmstead said when the novel was optioned. “It is the type of critically acclaimed material that we’re seeking to continue diversifying UCP’s slate and expand our reach.”