Syfy and Battlestar Galactica Alum Team Up for 'Gateway' Novel Adaptation

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 - 3:35PM
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 - 3:35PM
Syfy and Battlestar Galactica Alum Team Up for 'Gateway' Novel Adaptation
In keeping with their recent trend of book-to-television adaptations, Syfy will bring Frederick Pohl's classic sci-fi novel Gateway to the small screen, with the help of Battlestar Galactica alum David Eick.

Gateway, the first installment of Pohl's Heechee saga, is set in a space station built in a hollowed-out asteroid with abandoned technology built by a long-vanished advanced alien race called the Heechee. The ships are programmed to take explorers to worlds of unimaginable riches or certain death, and in spite of the risks, prospector Robinette Broadhead goes on a perilous journey that changes his life forever. The novel was critically acclaimed, winning the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, and has become a classic of the genre. 

Josh Pate, best known for co-creating Good vs. Evil and Surface, wrote the pilot, which will be revised by Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick, with both set to executive produce. The show will focus on the implications of discovering extraterrestrial intelligence, with Syfy calling it a "fascinating First Contact story":

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"Gateway is thought-provoking and unsettling, raising profound questions about mankind's possible relationship with alien life," said Syfy original content executive VP Bill McGoldrick.
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Gateway is just the first of several classic novel adaptations from Syfy; the network is currently developing adaptations of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End and 3001: The Final Odyssey, James S.A. Corey's The Expanse, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Dan Simmons's Hyperion, John Scalzi's Old Man's War, and more.

Via THR.
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