Syfy Developing ‘Gateway’ Adaptation From ‘Battlestar Galactica’s David Eick

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SyfySyfy is teaming with Battlestar Galactica and Caprica executive producer David Eick to develop a TV series based on Frederik Pohl’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel Gateway, which tells the story of humanity’s encounter with a mysterious, ancient alien civilization.

Gateway picks up just as humanity discovers an asteroid teeming with the long abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race, setting in motion a gold rush for alien artifacts and technology. The ships are preprogrammed, transporting their voyagers to distant worlds of riches — or certain death.  Undaunted by the peril or the odds, prospector Robinette Broadhead gambles everything on a journey to Gateway. After one nightmare mission, he returns to extraordinary wealth and luxury, but is haunted by the loss of his crewmates, including the love of his life.

David Eick is collaborating on the project with Josh Pate, with whom he worked on the TNT sci-fi series Falling Skies. Eick is re-working the script, which was initially written by Pate, and will serve as the showrunner. Josh Pate, Martha De Laurentiis, Michael Rosenberg, and Lorenzo De Maio are also executive producing. The De Laurentiis Company, eOne and Universal Cable Productions are producing. eOne’s SVP of US Scripted Development Gerard Bocaccio is overseeing for the studio, while the company’s international sales division will handle global distribution.

Gateway“We’re delighted to develop this fascinating First Contact story with long-time partners Universal Cable Productions and Entertainment One”, said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s Executive Vice President of Original Content. “Gateway is thought-provoking and unsettling, raising profound questions about mankind’s possible relationship with alien life.”

“David and Josh are masters of telling authentic, multidimensional stories set in wholly unfamiliar worlds, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them and Syfy to translate Frederik’s beloved and timeless adventure saga into an equally exhilarating television series,” commented Pancho Mansfield, President of Global Scripted Programming, eOne Television.

While Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President of Development at Universal Cable Productions, added: “Gateway is a science-fiction marvel weaving a great story of humanity and love. We’re excited to realize Frederik Pohl’s vision and bring it to life for  Syfy- the ideal home for this compelling classic.”

  • Neil Martin

    How many original programmes would you say Syfy have commissioned in the last three years or so? It certainly seems like they’re really going back to their roots of science fiction. It’s great to see.

    • Since the departure of Mark Stern and the appointment of Bill McGoldrick as EVP of Originals, Syfy has funnelled huge amounts of money into scripted to, as you say, refocus on their roots. There are more than 20 scripted dramas set to premiere in 2016, with upwards of 30 still in development. Syfy is certainly making a play for this underserved audience once again.