Syfy Orders ‘Dominion’ Pilot, ‘Defiance’ Helmer Scott Stewart To Direct

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Syfy has handed a 90 minute pilot order to Dominion, a potential scripted series based on the 2010 feature film Legion, TVWise has confirmed.

The project, which was initially announced as being in development at the time of Syfy’s upfront presentation in April, was penned by Sons of Anarchy scribe Vaun Wilmott and is set 20 years  after evil angels descended from heaven to lay waste to the human souls they felt God had favored over them. Now a reluctant “savior” must arise to protect Vega, the last remaining stronghold of humanity. The savior has more to fear than just  angels, as the elites of this new society conspire to gain power for themselves. The drama is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, with Defiance helmer Scott Stewart, who also directed the 2010 feature upon which the series is based, attached to direct. The executive producers are Wilmott, Stewart and David Lancaster.

The news of the pilot pick up comes as Syfy is ramping up its slate of scripted originals. The network just recently picked up a new series titled Helix from Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ron Moore and has numerous other projects development. Syfy’s President of Original Content Mark Stern recently announced his intention to have up to six scripted series airing on the network, with hopes to move back into longform as well.