Thomas Jane Says 'The Expanse' is a Return to Smart Science Fiction for SyFy Network

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 2:23PM
The Expanse
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 2:23PM
Thomas Jane Says 'The Expanse' is a Return to Smart Science Fiction for SyFy Network
The SyFy network has become something of a poster child for science fiction fan rage in recent years. The network's regular stuttering attempts at original programming have irked fans of the speculative genre, most of whom long for the days of shows like Battlestar Galactica. One such genre fans is Thomas Jane, the star of one of SyFy's many upcoming new shows, The Expanse. In a newly-published interview from San Diego Comic Con, Jane says that The Expanse represents a positive shift towards "smart science fiction".



Jane, who plays The Expanse's Detective Miller, said that he believes the network is getting back on track by giving more control to the people actually creating the shows, which in turn will see better hard sci-fi products airing on SyFY in the near future.

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The fact that they [the producers and SyFy] were willing to spend the money to shoot a show like this in the right way appealed to me. The fact that the people putting up the money were independent of the SyFy channel appealed to me, because they basically had control over what kind of product they were going to put through the pipeline. The fact that the SyFy channel wants to start doing bigger budget stuff appealed to me– they want to attract an audience that has a great appreciation for harder science fiction, or deeper sci-fi......smart science fiction.
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The Expanse is an adaptation of James S.A Corey's popular book series, which started with Leviathan Wakes back in 2011. The show represents the first in what will soon be a string of SyFy adaptations of classic genre novels, as the network looks to rebuild its credibility with fans that should be making up their core audience. In the next couple of years, the network will see adaptations of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, John Scalzi's Old Man's War, and Frederik Pohl's Gateway. It's this commitment to quality science fiction stories that Jane believes is key to the network's future success.

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Not that they haven't done smart shows in the past, they absolutely have, but their potential as a channel– I think they're finally starting to realise that they can step up and become the Sci-Fi channel. Now if they'd only change their name back to Sci.Fi instead of 'see-fee', it would be a perfect universe.
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Set in a future in which humans have been able to colonize Mars and the Asteroid Belt, The Expanse explores a noir-style conspiracy with a potential inter-planetary war brewing in the background. With scenes being shot on some of the biggest sets the Toronto Pinewood studios had to offer, there's every chance that The Expanse can provide the visuals needed in order to do its source material justice.

You can watch the entire interview in the video here.

The Expanse premieres on SyFy on December 14th


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