Bradley Cooper to Adapt Hugo Award-Winning Novel Hyperion for Syfy

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 - 1:43PM
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 - 1:43PM
Bradley Cooper to Adapt Hugo Award-Winning Novel Hyperion for Syfy
Bradley Cooper will team up with Oscar winner Graham King, The Hangover producer Todd Phillps, and Boardwalk Empire writer Itamar Moses to adapt Dan Simmons's beloved sci-fi novel, Hyperion. All four will serve as co-executive producers, although there's no word on whether Cooper will also star.

According to THR, the official synopsis for the series reads: 

Set on the eve of Armageddon with the entire galaxy at war, Hyperion is the story of seven pilgrims who set forth on a voyage to seek the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope and a terrible secret - while one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

Hyperion was published in 1989, and was widely acclaimed by critics, winning both the Hugo and Locus awards in 1990. Its frame narrative, which sees seven pilgrims telling stories as they travel, is an homage to the Canterbury Tales, and it allows for many different characters, plotlines, and even timelines. This sprawling scope, as well as its high quality, makes it a perfect candidate for a television series adaptation.

"It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences," said Cooper.

This is another in a long string of adaptations of classic sci-fi novels from the network. In the next couple of years, we'll see Syfy adaptations of Childhood's End, Brave New World, The Expanse, 3001: The Final Odyssey, and Old Man's War, to name a few.
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