Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars Gets a Series Order at Spike TV

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 10:14AM
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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 10:14AM
The adaptation of Kim Stanley Robinson's beloved sci-fi novel Red Mars is going to Spike TV, and although it's the network's first scripted show in nearly a decade, they're hitting the ground running, as they've ordered the show to series without so much as seeing a pilot.

The first of Robinson's 'Mars Trilogy', the Nebula Award-winning Red Mars follows the pioneers of a mission to bring about the human colonization of Mars. While this is being labelled as a 'Red Mars' adaptation, it's likely that any form of success for the initial episodes of the show will see the adaptation stretch to Robinson's entire 'Mars' trilogy, which sees humanity successfully terraform Mars into a lush, water-laden planet.

The first season of the show will consist of ten episodes, and will be helmed by famed comics writer J. Michael Straczynski, who was also the showrunner of Babylon 5 and wrote the stories for World War Z and the first Thor film. His most recent TV effort, Sense8, was a little bit of a mess, but he's still an extremely talented writer who may be able to do the source material justice.

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"The heart and soul of 'Red Mars' is about humanity. This group of strangers must find a way to live together and survive under the most daunting conditions mankind has ever faced to become the first living generation of Martians. They will be each other's greatest source of strength - and if they can't coexist - the greatest reason for failure," said Spike's exec vice president of original series, Sharon Levy.
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Red Mars will go into production next summer, and will air in January 2017.

Via Variety.
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