The Syfy channel has taken steps in recent years towards becoming one of the more interesting networks on television. It's recently introduced shows like 12 Monkeys and begun development on projects like David S. Goyer's Man of Steel prequel series Krypton. Similarly, Syfy isn't showing any signs of slowing down either, now that it has dozens of new shows in the pipeline - all featuring intriguing premises and genre elements/influences.
The network may have just gone into one of its most interesting partnerships to date though. Indeed, word is that Syfy and Steven Spielberg's Emmy-winning Amblin TV are working together to bring a television adaptation of one of the most beloved sci-fi novels of all time to life.
The two companies are currently working in development on a series adaptation of Aldous Huxley's famous dystopian novel, Brave New World. This will be the first time the two names have worked together since 2003's Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken - which won the 2003 Emmy for Best Miniseries, as well as six nominations in other categories. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of Amblin TV will executive produce the series, with Les Bohem (Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken) writing the screenplay and executive producing.
For those out there who don't know, Brave New World takes place in a future world without war, poverty, or disease - one where humans are provided with mind-altering drugs as free sex and egregious amounts of consumerism have become the daily lifestyle. Humans no longer reproduce and instead are genetically-engineered in "hatcheries." Anyone who rebels are put into "reservations", until one of the "savages" decides to rise up and try to take down the entire social order. The novel was published in 1932 and remains one of the most influential English-speaking novels of all time.
Dave Howe, President of Syfy and Chiller commented on the news as follows:
“‘Brave New World’ is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, ‘Brave New World’ is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy.”
Considering the large numbers of dystopian properties currently running around the Hollywood and television system, this Brave New World series sounds like one of the most interesting additions to date. Both Amblin TV and (of course) Syfy have long been affiliated with sciences fiction genre properties; couple that with their established working relationship, and this has the potential to be one of Syfy's most ambitious and successful original program yet - should all the right cards fall into place of course.
There's no word on when consumers might expect to see this show in their living rooms yet. However, taking into account how early into the process this seems to be, it might be a while until audiences hear about this project again. Still, Syfy has proven it can handle large sci-fi premises and dark tones - and seeing as Brave New World has both, it could be the perfect addition to the channel's roster.
The involvement of Spielberg's television company is just icing on the cake.
Brave New World is currently in development at the Syfy Channel.