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Old 04-14-2014, 04:30 PM  
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Syfy: The Expanse

I'm really excited about this - it's a fantastic set of books that I think could translate into really good TV.

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Syfy orders 'The Expanse' series based on 'Leviathan Wakes' (think 'Game of Thrones' in space)

By James Hibberd on Apr 11, 2014 at 6:30PM

Syfy has given a direct-to-series order to an exciting-sounding new project based on an acclaimed sci-fi book series. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of The Expanse, from Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) and Alcon Television Group. The project has been described by industry insiders as “Game of Thrones in space” — not so much because of the specifics of the plot, but because it tells a dramatic sprawling grown-up story within a popular fantasy genre that’s based on a respected series of novels.

The logline: “A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.”

The Expanse is based on a series of books by James S.A. Corey. The most well-known title is probably the first in the series, Leviathan Wakes, which has been praised for reinventing and updating the old-school Star Wars/Firefly-style space opera. Syfy won a bidding war with another content producer to acquire the project.

Syfy president Dave Howe promised, “The Expanse is epic in scale and scope and promises to be Syfy’s most ambitious series to date. Bringing this coveted book franchise to television with our partners at Alcon and the Sean Daniel Company is a giant win for Syfy, reinforcing our overall strategy to produce bold, provocative and compelling sci-fi fantasy stories. The Expanse joins a killer line-up of high-concept, high quality series, along with recently announced original projects Ascension, 12 Monkeys, the renewal of Helix, and the soon to premiere Dominion.”

Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company developed the original pitch, with Fergus and Ostby, and will also executive produce. “The Expanse is one of the most special pieces of material we’ve ever encountered and it has been our dream to bring it to life since the moment we read it,” Daniel and Brown said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to be doing it with this team of all-stars.”

Added Alcon president Sharon Hall: “The Expanse is an addictive, sophisticated, character-driven franchise and Mark and Hawk are the perfect people to steer it. Their script is a totally immersive and accessible sci-fi journey.”
(Just FYI, the author of Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey, is actually a collaberative pseudonym of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. I guess EW didn't know this...)
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:24 PM   #2
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Sweet. I guess those reports about SyFy moving back to true science fiction were accurate.

And I'm ashamed to admit I've never read this series. I'll have to fix that.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:47 PM   #3
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Well Leviathan Wakes is sitting unread on my bookshelf. I guess it's time to fix that so I can be in on the spoiler thread

Starting the book now.
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I just hope they don't oversell the "Game of Thrones in space" thing. It's not, although the series is pretty wide in scope. The first book is more of a detective novel than anything, though. Like half space opera half hard boiled noir.

It should play really well on television.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:06 PM   #5
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I noticed GRRM has a quote on the front of the cover of Leviathan Wakes.

4 chapters in and I'm already liking what is happening. Not a whole lot of setup before shot starts getting real.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:08 PM   #6
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GRRM is a mentor of sorts to Daniel Abraham, I think.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:36 PM   #7
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About a 1/4 way through the book and it doesn't seem anything like GoT except for the alternating POV chapters, but there are only 2 POVs.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:58 PM   #8
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That changes in Caliban's War. It's more of a political novel, and sort of marks a transition, or perhaps better said an expansion, in the scope of the series.

(As I recall, it's been two years since I read it IIRC).
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Thanks for the heads up, will have to grab the books!
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:51 AM   #10
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When I read the book, I get this real "Foundation" feeling, not that the setting is that large in this book, but it feels a lot like what could have happened in between now and the setting in Foundation. Maybe I should start talking about this in the Scifi book thread.
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They're evidently serious about this one. Thomas Jane's been cast as Miller: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...expanse-718034
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