You wouldn’t know it from flipping through the glut of wrestling, ghost hunting, and reruns, but Syfy does actually make original, scripted programming now and then. It’s sad how easy it is to forget that Syfy has given us shows like Farscape and Battlestar Galactica over the years, especially when you are being assaulted by ads for shows about fake psychics or another execrable Saturday-night “Syfy original.” Thankfully, the spark of original storytelling hasn’t totally burned out, giving us quality dramas such as Warehouse 13, Alphas, and Being Human. Now Syfy has ordered up its first pilot in over a year, giving the green light to a two-hour pilot order for a time-travel series called Rewind.
Rewind will tell the story of a group of soldiers and scientists who use an experimental tech to travel back in time in hopes of stopping a terrorist attack. Sort of like 24 mashed up with Quantum Leap, but with considerably fewer uses of the line “Oh, boy.” Syfy considered various ways to move the show forward, but finally settled on airing a two-hour pilot. If the ratings are good, they can then order more episodes with some measure of confidence. It’s the same approach they took with the recently aired, and surprisingly excellent, Three Inches. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure my wife and I were the only people on the planet who watched Three Inches, so hopefully Rewind will have better luck.
The show is the creation of feature screenwriter Justin Marks, who has gained buzz over the last few years for penning scripts reimagining beloved ’80s properties such as Voltron and He-Man. He also wrote the Green Arrow script that doesn’t call itself a Green Arrow script, Supermax. Unfortunately, his highest-profile produced film is Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, but we’ll forgive him for that; anybody who’s covered Hollywood for any length of time knows that an awesome screenwriter doesn’t always equate to an awesome IMDb listing. Marks will be exec producing the pilot alongside Tom Spezialy (Chaos), Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, and Gene Stein (last three all veterans of Alphas). The pilot is set to begin production in April according to Deadline.