Syfy Greenlights 'Childhood's End' Miniseries

The six-hour effort, first put in development in April 2013, is based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel
 

Syfy is getting deeper into sci-fi.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has greenlighted the six-hour miniseries Childhood's End, based on Arthur C. Clarke's classic novel. The project was put in development in April 2013.

First published in 1953, Childhood's End follows a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious "Overlords," whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.

“As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present," said Dave Howe, president of Syfy. "The powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.”

Akiva Goldsman and Mike De Luca are attached as executive producers. Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) is charged with adapting the book for the small screen for Universal Cable Productions. Nick Hurran (Sherlock) will direct.

Syfy has been making an aggressive push into scripted, with a renewed focus on the sci-fi genre. The cable network has a slew of new series on the horizon, including the space opera Ascension, zombie apocalypse Z Nation, 12 Monkeys, Olympus and The Expanse. Syfy also is developing futuristic military drama Ghost Brigades, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's futuristic comic Clone, Frank Miller's Ronin and Letter 44, as well as The Magicians.

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