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The Machine won’t be making the move to TV after all.
Syfy has passed on a series remake of the 2013 artificial-intelligence film, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Ordered to pilot a year ago, the drama was set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence. The project explored the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters — each of whom held the key to humanity’s victory or its destruction.
Filmmaker Caradog W. James (Don’t Knock Twice) wrote, directed and executive produced the pilot with Red & Black Films. The film’s producer, John Giwa-Amu, also exec produced the pilot alongside Andrew Miller (The Secret Circle). Universal Cable Productions produced.
Had The Machine moved forward to series, it would have brought former Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff back to Syfy. In the pilot, she voiced one of the supercomputers, along with Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and Jaeden Bettencourt (Hotel Transylvania 2). Game of Thrones grad Indira Varma, The Americans alum Annet Mahendru, Bridger Zadina (Law & Order: SVU) and Olly Rix (Of Kings and Prophets) also starred.
Legends of Tomorrow‘s Caity Lotz and Toby Stephens starred as computer scientists who create an artificial intelligence for the military in the original British science fiction thriller, which has a 79 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Syfy has made decisions on several projects in recent days, opting to cancel Dark Matter and Blood Drive after three seasons and one season, respectively. Meanwhile, Killjoys was picked up for two final seasons.
As Syfy continues to push back toward more traditional sci-fi fare a la Battlestar, the NBCUniversal cabler has found success with another film-to-TV remake, 12 Monkeys, which is returning for its fourth and final season. The network’s other originals include The Expanse, The Magicians and the Channel Zero anthology.
Upcoming Syfy series include the Superman prequel Krypton and the adaptation of Grant Morrison’s Happy!, which was ordered to pilot alongside The Machine.
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