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The Expanse Enters Production And Adds These Familiar Faces

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jonathan banks, wes chathamNo one is more shocked than the Giant Freakin’ Robot staff how much the Giant Freakin’ Robot staff is anticipating Syfy’s upcoming slate of high-potential projects. One of the top shows on that list is The Expanse, an adaptation of the highly acclaimed novel series from the dual-author James S.A. Corey. The series has rounded out its stellar cast to go with its official production start in Toronto. Nothing says outer space like Canada!

The space opera thriller is being led by Thomas Jane and Steven Strait, with Shohreh Aghdashloo also previously cast. The newbies here include Wes Chatham (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Dominique Tipper (Vampire Academy), Cas Anvar (Source Code), and Florence Faivre (Alpha House), who will all star as regulars. Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), Jay Hernandez (Gang Related), and Paulo Costanzo (Royal Pains) will enter the season as guest stars. Honestly, you put Jonathan Banks in anything, and I’m watching it.

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Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End Adaptation Adds This Game Of Thrones Star

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Charles DanceIt’s a good time to be an actor on Game of Thrones, or, as the case often is given the frequency with which HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga kills people off, a former Game of Thrones star. The cast of the sprawling epic is popping up everywhere. Peter Dinklage is in Pixels, Emilia Clarke plays Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys, Nathalie Emmanuel just joined The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Gwendoline Christie has a significant role in Star Wars: Episode VII, and Sean Bean dies in tons of movies, and the list could go on and on. Another guy who gets a lot of work is Charles Dance, who played Tywin Lanister, and he’s been cast in Syfy’s upcoming adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, something we’re very interested in around these parts.

Envisioned as a six-hour miniseries event, Clarke’s 1953 novel tells the story of a different kind of alien invasion than you’re used to. It’s not a violent incursion, but a race of creatures from space, called Overlords, show up, take charge in an indirect way, and end all war and conflict, creating a global utopia. While that may not sound so bad on the surface, it comes at the cost of individual identity and culture and the very things that make us human, so there’s that.

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Syfy Adds Even More Sci-Fi To Their Line-Up With Dark Matter

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DarkMatterSyfy just isn’t stopping, and for the first time in a long time, that’s actually a good thing. Their intriguing event series Ascension, starring Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer, premieres next month, and Syfy’s future is packed with promising projects such as The Expanse, Old Man’s War, and Childhood’s End. Now we can add yet another project to the lineup of Syfy shows we can’t wait to see, an adaptation of the Dark Horse comics series Dark Matter.

Created by Stargate writer/producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, Dark Matter was a limited series that ran from January – April 2012. The story involves a group of people who awaken aboard a spacecraft with no memory of who they are or how they got there. With the vessel on course for a mining colony, the crew begins to discover the disturbing truth about their identity. Mallozzi has said that The Dirty Dozen, Thunderbolts, and the FX series The Shield all inspired the show.

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Ben Affleck And Matt Damon Team Up With Syfy For A Futuristic Thriller

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Damon and AffleckSyfy has a ton of potentially great science fiction shows in the works, including adaptations and event series and time travel, among many others, but this latest addition to their development schedule may quickly become their highest profile project yet, based solely on the names involved behind the scenes. Two of the biggest stars in the world, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, are teaming up with the network as it makes the push to get back to focusing on creating original content.

Syfy announced that the two friends, and Oscar-winning screenwriters (Good Will Hunting), are working to develop a series called Incorporated, in association with Affleck’s Pearl Street Films and CBS Television Studios. The series is described as “a futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power,” and is “the story of one man’s effort to beat the system.”

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Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Adaptation Spreads The Disease Starting Early Next Year

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12 monkeysSyfy has a ton of interesting shows in various stages of development at the moment. (Which begs the question, if they’re so heavily invested in unproven commodities, why can’t they step up and save Continuum from cancellation, but that’s a discussion for another time and place.) While many of them are interesting and even pretty damn exciting, one of new offerings we’re most curious to see is their adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s time travelling plague story 12 Monkeys. Now we know when we’ll get to see the series, and it isn’t too far off.

The network announced that their spin on 12 Monkeys—which itself is inspired by La Jetee, an experimental 1962 French short film told exclusively via a series of still photos—will premiere on Friday, January 16, 2015. This date just so happens to be almost 19 years, to the day, after Gilliam’s movie opened in theaters in 1996.

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Syfy’s Town Of The Living Dead: Reality TV And Zombies Are A Surprisingly Fun Pair

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town of the living deadThe world of Syfy reality TV is usually invested in the paranormal and movie make-up, but their newest docu-series Town of the Living Dead is a fun and intriguing entry in the network’s recent attempt to recapitalize on its science fiction roots. Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Jasper, Alabama residents Tina Teeter, John M. Ware, and many others are working towards their dream of making the zombie movie Thr33 Days Dead, working with low funds and relying solely on the dedication of its cast and crew. How long have they been doing it? Oh, about six years.

One part behind-the-scenes production diary and one part Southern slice-of-life comedy, Town of the Living Dead is all on its own in the TV world, mixing the frustrations of sub-microbudget filmmaking in with the actual process itself. The series premiered with two episodes last night, “Jasper Needs Zombies” and “Premature Explosion,” and it looks like each of this initial season’s installments will be focused on particular Thr33 Days Dead scenes being shot, and the problems that ensue.