Syfy, the network that brought the world Sharknado, is upping its scripted content game with a series based on the Leviathan Wakes book series, which will be called The Expanse.

Syfy Picks Up 'The Expanse'

Syfy has already ordered 10 episodes of The Expanse, which has the Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men) working on the script, reported The Hollywood Reporter. It’s based off of the science-fiction book series penned by James S.A. Corey. Already, the series is drawing comparisons to HBO’s fantasy book series adaptation, Game of Thrones – though instead of being set against the backdrop of medieval times, The Expanse is set in space.

“A thriller set two hundred years in the future,” reads the series logline, “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.”

Syfy President David Howe enthused about the new original content, “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 was developed by the Sean Daniel Company’s Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, who will serve as executive producers on the show.

– Chelsea Regan

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