If you’ve been following the slew of genre shows that Syfy has in development then you know that they are truly going back to their roots as the network has teamed up with Steven Speilberg’s Amblin Television in order to release the television adaptation of ‘Brave New World.’
Back in 2003, the two had paired together to release the Emmy winning mini-series ‘Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken.’ Shortly after that, there was a drastic change in programming for the network but thankfully for us all, it would seem that Syfy has gotten back to the science fiction roots that we love and this further cements that they are serious about delivering quality content to its viewers.
The plan this time, though, isn’t a mini-series as the pair will be developing Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ as an ongoing scripted series. Currently Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Les Bohem (‘Extant’,’Daylight’) are on board as Executive Producers while Bohem who had previously also worked on ‘Taken’ for the last go around will be writing the screenplay.
Here’s how the studio is describing the series:
Brave New World is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order. First published in 1932, Brave New World was ranked fifth among the 100 best English language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library.
According to Syfy & Chiller President Dave Howe, “Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, Brave New World is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy.”
I am so glad Howe has helped guide the station back into the direction it needs to be headed in. His guiding hand is looking to be a beacon of hope for genre fans and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
The co-presidents of Amblin Television Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey added that, “We’ve been looking for an opportunity to reunite with Les, Bonnie Hammer and Dave Howe, ever since our collaboration on Taken over a decade ago, and Brave New World is just the project we’ve been waiting for, to bring the band back together.”
Syfy is proving that they are willing to make investments in science fiction again and this seems to be the perfect announcement to follow up the recently revealed ‘The Magicians,’ ‘The Expanse,’ ‘Childhood’s End,’ ‘Hunters,’ ‘Krypton,’ and ‘Incorporated.’ I, for one, can’t wait to see how they realize this for the small screen.
What are your thoughts on Syfy tackling ‘Brave New World’? Are you happy to see that the network is once again committed to serious science fiction or do you miss the constant influx of B Monster Movie of the week fluff and light hearted content that the network had been releasing for quite awhile there? Share your thoughts below!