10:29am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Syfy Adapting Apocalyptic Drama 'Spin' as Miniseries
Syfy is continuing its push back into sci-fi.
The network on Thursday announced that it has tapped Fight Club and Jumper's Jim Uhls to adapt Robert Charles Wilson's Hugo Award-winning novel Spin into a six-hour miniseries.
The novel centers on a young scientist trying to save humanity from the impending apocalypse of a mysterious, impenetrable cloud that has enveloped the entire Earth, blacking out the stars.
The book, originally published in 2005, is the first in a trilogy of the best-selling series that also includes Axis and Vortex.
Syfy's sibling studio Universal Cable Productions will produce the series along with Rob Morrow's Bits and Pieces Picture Company and Olympus Pictures' Leslie Urdang (Rabbit Hole).
Spin joins a roster of new high-profile dramas including The Expanse, Z Nation, 12 Monkeys and recently concluded six-hour space opera Ascension as the network makes a concerted — and expensive — push back to become the home of genre fare. The network also recently picked up a follow-up miniseries to 2001: A Space Odyssey in 3001: The Final Odyssey as well as fellow mini Childhood's End.
Uhls is repped by Paradigm, Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott.