SYFY UK Acquires History’s UFO Drama ‘Project Blue Book’

SYFY UK has secured the exclusive UK rights to History’s scripted drama Project Blue Book after striking a deal with international distributor A+E Networks. The show’s ten episode first season is set to premiere on SYFY UK next month.

Project Blue Book follows Dr. J Allen Hynek, a brilliant yet underappreciated college professor, who is recruited by the US Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation called “Project Blue Book.” Along with his partner, Captain Michael Quinn, Hynek is summoned to investigate UFO sightings around the country and uses science to discover what really happened.

However, when some encounters cannot be explained and cases remain open, he begins to suspect that he as been duped by the government into a larger conspiracy to cover up the truth. The drama series – which is based on the US Air Force’s UFO investigations that took place between 1952 and 1969 – is produced by A+E Studios and stars Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Neal McDonough, Michael Harney, Laura Mennell and Ksenia Solo.

“Project Blue Book delves into themes such as trust, instinct, and top secret UFO investigations, which guarantee to appeal to fans of science fiction and fantasy”, said Lee Raftery, Managing Director of UK & Emerging Markets and Chief Marketing & Content Officer for NBC Universal International. “This acquisition is uniquely suited for SYFY UK and, with top talent both in front and behind the camera, we know viewers will be instantly hooked by these compelling, mysterious case files.”

This marks the second deal struck by NBCUniversal International Networks on behalf of their UK channels in the past week. NBCU also recently agreed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to secure the exclusive UK rights to the Kelsey Grammer legal drama Proven Innocent for their flagship channel Universal TV. Project Blue Book joins SYFY UK’s slate of first run imports that also includes: The CW’s The Oupost, Freeform’s Siren, Hulu’s Future Man and Marvel’s Runaways, and Syfy’s Killjoys.

Check out History’s original trailer for Project Blue Book below: