Syfy Rumored To Be Ordering a Childhood's End Miniseries
Is Syfy ordering a Childhood's End miniseries? Deadline reports that the project has finally received a green light.
Childhood's End, a novel written by 2001: A Space Odyssey's Arthur C. Clarke, is considered to be a classic of sci-fi literature. It details a peaceful invasion by an alien species called the Overlords who eliminate war, institute a benevolent tyranny, and turn Earth into an apparent utopia. But when their presence begins to give human children telekinetic powers, the consequences threaten the entire human race.
A quotation from the novel: "In a soundless concussion of light, Earth's core gave up its hoarded energies. For a little while the gravitational waves crossed and recrossed the Solar System, disturbing ever so slightly the orbits of the planets. Then the Sun's remaining children pursued their ancient paths once more, as corks floating on a placid lake ride out the tiny ripples set in motion by a falling stone. There was nothing left of Earth. They had leached away the last atoms of its substance. It had nourished them, through the fierce moments of their inconceivable metamorphosis, as the food stored in a grain of wheat feeds the infant plant while it climbs toward the Sun."
Syfy had previously announced the project at its 2013 upfront, but changes in leadership put any plans for the miniseries on hold. Childhood's End is reportedly the first of the three projects announced at the upfront to once again get a green light from Syfy, while another based on Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle was picked up by Amazon.