Andy Serkis' Imaginarium to Adapt 'Riftworld Chronicles' Web Series for TV (Exclusive)

Courtesy of First Love Films
Riftworld Chronicles

The 'Hobbit' star will reconfigure the online sci-fi comedy toplined by 'Battlestar Galactica' stars Erin Karpluk and Tahmoh Penikett.

The Hobbit star Andy Serkis is set to bring the Canadian web series The Riftworld Chronicles to the small screen.

Serkis and his Imaginarium Studios are in final talks to team with Toronto-based indie producers First Love Films and Sienna Films to develop Riftworld Chronicles as a TV series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Riftworld Chronicles was originally an eight-part, web-only series about Alar, a dimension-traveling wizard stuck on Earth. The online project starred Erin Karpluk and Tahmoh Penikett, both of whom co-starred together on Battlestar Galactica and Supernatural.

The Riftworld: Chronicles TV series, created and directed by Jonathan Williams, will follow Alar of Caer Caladh (Penikett), who is stuck in Toronto after one of his spells goes awry. He teams up with a struggling journalist (Erin Karpluk) to help him get back home.

Hunted by a fantastical foe, they try to solve the mystery of what binds their worlds, and their fates, together. Besides playing Gollum in The Hobbit, Serkis is best known for his acting work in motion-capture films like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Serkis co-founded Imaginarium Studios with Jonathan Cavendish as a London-based production company and performance-capture studio. He is repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment LA.