12:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope, Lesley Goldberg
Superman Origin Story 'Krypton' Nears Pilot Order at Syfy
Another superhero is eyeing a trip to the small screen.
Krypton, David S. Goyer's Superman origin story, is nearing a pilot order at Syfy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics, Krypton takes place years before the Superman legend we know, when the House of El was shamed and ostracized. The drama follows the Man of Steel's grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Superhero ever known.
As the projects nears a pickup, Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow, Stargate SG-1) has come on board as executive producer and showrunner, with Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders, Sherlock) set to direct. Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time) penned the script and will exec produce alongside Goyer. The story was conceived by both Goyer and Goldberg.
The writer behind 2013's Man of Steel, Goyer is a longtime comics fan who counts scores of fanboy favorites among his credits, including the Dark Knight trilogy and the recent Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. His TV credits include another comic book-based series, Constantine, FlashForward and Starz's Da Vinci's Demons, which just wrapped its third and final season.
Krypton comes as Syfy continues its push back to its science-fiction roots with series like 12 Monkeys, Z Nation, The Expanse, Hunters and Dark Matter, among others.
Superhero series have proven successful on broadcast, particularly for The CW, which is behind Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Fox also has an origin story in Gotham, which focuses on a young pre-Batman Bruce Wayne, and CBS is home to Superman's cousin, Supergirl.