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Spacey Political Comic Letter 44 Gets Series Development At Syfy

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letter 44With seemingly little disregard for a potential overload, Syfy has been busy the last couple of months attempting to rebuild their brand with a new outlook towards legitimate science-fiction programming. President Dave Howe has lined up project after project in the network’s deep development slate, and the latest addition to their list is one of the more exciting new comic series on the market. With a formal announcement pending, Syfy will try to turn the Oni Press mystery thriller Letter 44 into a full series, making this yet another space-based piece of fiction for the network. Maybe my thousands of angry letters to Syfy’s creative teams over the years finally got through.

To bring this tale of political sci-fi to audiences, the network has tapped genre filmmaker Jonathan Mostow to take the multi-hypenate job as writer-director-executive producer, the latter of which is a duty he’ll share with Closed on Monday‘s Eric Glitter and Peter Schwerin (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Rene Echevarria (Terra Nova). Mostow’s last few projects have been in our genre of course, as he directed 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and 2009’s so-so graphic novel adaptation Surrogates. His last writing gig was the story for Mark Tonderai’s derivative thriller House at the End of the Street, and he directed at least one episode of Syfy’s upcoming adaptation of The Last Ship. Obviously he isn’t the most standout of filmmakers, but his source material is damn near flawless this time around.