Original Source for Story:Entertainment Weekly

Excuse me while the uber nerd in me fawns over this news! Bare with me! But for all you Sci-Fi fans out there (me included), Syfy Channel has won the rights after a long bidding war and are developing a new series based on the 2011 books by James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes. This latest and exciting project, the The cable network has ordered 10 episodes and will be naming the new series, The Expanse. The network is commissioning the Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) and Alcon Television Group.

Some are referring to this latest venture as “Game of Thrones in space” — devoid of the sex and not necessarily because of the similar plot lines but because it tells a dramatic sprawling grown-up story within a popular fantasy genre that’s based on a respected series of novels.

The Expanse is based on a series of books by James S.A. Corey. The most well-known title is probably the first in the series, Leviathan Wakes, which has been praised for reinventing and updating the old-school Star Wars/Firefly-style space opera.

The logline: “A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.”

Articles of note: EW, iO9

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