In what seems to be an attempt to get back to their sci-fi roots, the Syfy network is currently finalizing deals to air a new series called ‘Helix’ from producer Ron Moore.
‘Helix’ will follow a group of scientists who head to an Arctic research facility to investigate the outbreak of a possible disease. They must work together and attempt to tackle the outbreak before it spreads to the rest of humanity and cause utter annihilation to humanity.
The project was from a spec written by Cameron Prosandeh who will also co-executive produce alongside Ron Moore and Lynda Obst.
Moore has worked with the network before as the executive producer of the 2004 reboot series ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and its spin off ‘Caprica.’ No stranger to the sci-fi genre he has worked as a writer and producer on such iconic TV shows like ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,’ ‘Roswell,’ ‘Carnivàle,’ ‘Touching Evil’ as well as written the screenplays for the films ‘Star Trek: Generations’ and ‘Star Trek: First Contact.’ He is also currently penning the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s time traveling book ‘Outlander’ for Starz.
If the deal goes through, ‘Helix’ will go straight to series with a 13 episode order bypassing the often laborious task of making a pilot before getting greenlit. It’s hope to see the series air sometime later this year.
Syfy has been amping up its lineup of scripted shows with the addition of ‘Continuum’,’ the upcoming premiere of ‘Defiance’ and now ‘Helix.’ Maybe the network has started listening to the viewers after all?