Syfy has handed a series order to their drama project Dominion, which is based on the 2010 feature film Legion. The pick up comes mere months after the network green-lit a pilot and shortly after production got underway on said pilot in South Africa.
The pick up of Dominion comes at a time when Syfy is aggressively ramping up its slate of original scripted series. In addition to stalwarts Haven and Being Human, Syfy has Defiance set to return for a second season and recently handed a series order to Ronald D. Moore’s Helix. The network has numerous other projects in development with a stated plan to have up to six scripted series airing across a year. Syfy – like a number of other networks – is also eyeing a move back into longform.
“Following the critical success of ‘Defiance’ and the upcoming Ron Moore thriller ‘Helix,’ ‘Dominion’ will be the next major addition to Syfy’s growing slate of high quality scripted series,” said Dave Howe, President of Syfy. ”‘Dominion’ will continue Syfy’s new strategy to commission stand-out genre series that deliver the high stakes, sci-fi/fantasy experience our audience demands and embraces.”
Based on the 2010 feature film Legion, Dominion was penned by Sons of Anarchy scribe Vaun Wilmott and is set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.The drama is being produced by Universal Cable Productions & Bold Films and stars Christopher Egan (Kings), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones), Alan Dale (Lost), Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Luke Allen-Gale (The Borgias). Defiance helmer Scott Stewart, who also directed the 2010 feature upon which the series is based, is attached to direct. The executive producers are Wilmott, Stewart, Michel Litvak and David Lancaster.