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Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 Sequel Is Headed For Television

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3001Nearly 50 years after its original theatrical release, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey remains both one of the best science fiction movies ever made, and one of the best movies ever made, full stop. The epic scope, the sense of wonder, the jaw-dropping visuals, all ensure that the film still holds up perfectly, even all these decades later. While Kubrick was never a sequel kind of guy, Clarke did continue the story in several sequel novels, one of which was adapted into director Peter Hyams’ 2010: The Year We Makes Contact in 1984. (And my love for that flick is well established given how often I find excuses to reference it.) Now the world of the mysterious labyrinths will be returning to the screen…but this time it will be the TV screen.

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This 12 Monkeys Trailer Brings Suspense And A Creepy Antagonist To The Apocalypse

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When Syfy first announced that they were bringing a new version of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys to the small screen, I assumed that I was just having a delusion while being kept inside the mental institution where Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt met. The new trailer below doesn’t excel at distancing itself from the film, but heaps on enough dramatic music, quick edits, and Zeljko Ivanek to at least be independently intense on first sight. Check it out.

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The Expanse Enters Production And Adds These Familiar Faces

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No 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.”