Syfy is reaching into the science-fiction classics for source material. The network announced that it it will adapt the 1953 sci-fi novel Childhood’s End, written by Arthur C. Clarke, as a six-hour miniseries.
According to the press release, the series will follow a breed of aliens called the “Overlords,” who manage to peacefully invade and rule Earth, and create a pseudo-utopia that comes at the price of human identity and culture. Produced by Akiva Goldsman and Mike DeLuca, the project will be helmed by Nick Hurran and adapted by Matthew Graham.
In a statement, Dave Howe, President of Syfy, said, “As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present. The powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.”
The series is set to premiere in 2015.