SYFY UK has acquired the exclusive UK rights to Spides, an eight episode alien invasion thriller series from Katapult Filmproduktion and Red Sun Films. The eight episode series is expected to premiere in 2019.
The acquisition stems from a larger deal between SYFY UK’s parent company NBCUniversal International Networks and international distributor Palatin Media that will see Spides air on NBCU’s SYFY branded channels outside of the United States.
“As a science fiction thriller with a twist, Spides will be anything but alien to our SYFY channels around the world”, said Steve Patscheck, Executive Vice-President of International Programming for NBCUniversal International Networks. “We place fans of the sci-fi genre at the centre of everything we do, including acquiring and curating a compelling range of programming that resonates with viewers from every corner of the globe.”
Spides is set in modern day Berlin and follows Nora, a young woman who wakes from a coma without any memory of her previous life after taking a mysterious drug; local police detective David Leonhart and his partner Nique Navar are hunting down that drug in relation to dozens of missing teens. When Nora sets out to discover what happened to her, she begins to unravel a conspiracy of aliens who are using a synthetic drug to infiltrate humans to use as host bodies. The more truth Nora uncovers, the more of her own dark secret is revealed: she is the key to the invasion she is fighting.
The eight episode drama series is produced by Katapult Filmproduktion and Red Sun Films and stars Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Game of Thrones), Falk Hentschel (Legends of Tomorrow, Marvels Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Florence Kasumba (Avengers, Black Panther), Damian Hardung (Name Of The Rose), Désirée Nosbusch (Bad Banks), Susanne Wuest (Perfume), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Tatort, Dr Who), Branko Tomovic (Homeland, 24), Kimberly Leemans (The Walking Dead, Nashville). In additional to serving as international distributor, Palatin Media is a co-producer.
Spides joins a slate of first run acquisitions on SYFY UK that also includes: The CW’s The Outpost; Freeform’s Siren; Hulu’s Future Man and Marvel’s Runaways; NBC’s Midnight, Texas; and Syfy’s Killjoys.