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Described as a “kick ass space opera!” by George R.R. Martin and as the sci-fi equivalent of Game of Thrones by anybody that has read it, The Expanse by James S.A. Corey is heading to the SyFy channel. Set two hundred years in our future this science-fiction thriller follows Detective Miller and a roguish Capitan Jim Holden as an investigation into a missing girl slow unravels a very deep-rooted conspiracy threaded throughout the solar-system.
“The Expanse is epic in scale and scope and promises to be Syfy’s most ambitious series to date,” Syfy president Dave Howe said. “Bringing this coveted book franchise to television with our partners at Alcon and the Sean Daniel Co. is a giant win for Syfy, »
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 »
Syfy has ordered the “space opera” project “The Expanse” straight to series.
Set 200 years in the future, the 10-episode thriller follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
“The Expanse” is the first series order for producer Alcon Television.
Scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby will exec produce the project. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company will also exec produce. The two developed the original pitch with Ostby and Fergus.
The series is based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franch. Both will also serve as producers.
- Nikara Johns
Syfy continues to ramp up its slate of new scripted dramas with a straight-to-series order for space opera project "The Expanse," based on the book series by James S.A. Corey, it was announced today by Syfy President Dave Howe.
The 10-episode order is Syfy’s boldest new series commitment to date. "The Expanse" is produced by Alcon Television Group (Atg), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order.
"The Expanse" does sound a lot more sci-fi than horror so we probably won't be covering it much more but thought fans of the books would certainly be interested in the news about the series, which follows.
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- Debi Moore
Syfy continues to aggressively build its original slate with a 10-episode order to The Expanse, a series based on James S.A. Corey’s series of novels. The project, which received a straight-to-series order in a competitive situation, is in the space opera genre in the tradition of Battlestar Galactica that Syfy brass had been looking to bring back to the network. The Expanse was put together as straight-to-series by Alcon Entertainment’s TV arm Alcon Television Group and Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Co. who developed the original pitch with Oscar-nominated writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man). This marks Atg’s first series order. Fergus and Ostby wrote the script on spec and will continue as writers and executive producers. A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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, »
- James Hibberd
Welcome to the second episode of The ScreamCast! Each episode sees hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson review a Scream Factory release, have special guests, throw out future Scream Factory release wish lists, and celebrity interviews.
In this episode Sean and Brad discuss the new and improved Scream Factory Blu-ray release of Darkman, and are joined by a very special guest: Cheap Thrills producer, Travis Stevens. Don’t forget to check out TheScreamCast.com for the show notes and for more news and reviews of Scream Factory releases and make sure to follow them on Twitter too!
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- Phil Wheat
James ‘Bucky’ Buchanan Barnes aka The Winter Soldier
Captain America Comics #1, March 1941
Named after the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan
Powers & Abilities
Advanced hand to hand combat skills. Advanced weapons training. Advance covert tactics. Fluent language skills. Equipped with a cybernetic arm granting Bucky superhuman strength and agility. The arm itself has Emp capabilities as well as a cloaking device to give it a flesh and blood appearance.
Unlike other heroes in the Marvel Universe, Bucky is purely human and suffers from the same physical weaknesses as the general populace.
Mentally, Bucky suffers from post traumatic stress disorder suffered during his tour of duty in WWII. He is also guilt ridden by the horrible actions he inflicted while under mind control from the Russian government. A hero with a death wish, Bucky’s mentality is tied into a martyr complex he holds, »
- Sean Tonelli
The story centers on two orphans raised by a CIA operative to be assassins, only to become targets themselves. David Morrell’s novel was published in 1984, with the NBC mini following five years later and starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Strauss and Connie Sellecca (pictured above).
The Sean Daniel Co. »
- Dave McNary
It has not been an easy week, saying goodbye to two old friends, Hollywood producer Jim Jacks and studio executive Tom Sherak, who shared something in common; they were both good guys. They were generous and giving to their friends; they were adored by the people who worked for them. At the Academy Board of Governors meeting on Monday night, the governors gave former AMPAS president Sherak a moment of silence, and talked about how much he had done to help shepherd the organization through a challenging time. Wednesday brought a Catholic Mass in North Hollywood, followed by a heartfelt celebration of the life of Jim Jacks at West Hollywood restaurant Craig's, where he used to have dinner once a week. Along with his family, the friends who shared Jacks stories included Circle Releasing's Ted Pedas (who backed three Coen brothers movies, "Raising Arizona, " "Miller's Crossing" and "Barton Fink," produced »
- Anne Thompson
Veteran producer James Jacks died Monday of a heart attack in his Los Angeles home, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 66. His friends, including longtime producing partner Sean Daniel and Kevin Smith, are remembering him on Facebook. "Here's to Jim Jacks," Daniel wrote. "Nobody loved movies more. Passionate, loyal, generous, accomplished, noble, caring, heavily armed, creative, dare I say obsessive on occasion. A good man, a good friend, a wonderful partner, a loving son to his family. You will be missed." Roundtable: 6 Celebrated Producers Talk Biggest Successes and Greatest Struggles Jacks and Daniel produced the
- THR Staff
"The Mummy" series producer James Jacks died Monday of a heart attack. He was 66. He started his producing career with Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" and three early films by the Coen brothers, and introduced Hollywood to John Woo, backing his first Hollywood production "Hard Target." I first met Jacks on the set of "Raising Arizona" and we became fast friends. He was one of those rare people who navigated this risky business with cheer and grace. He deeply loved movies and creative people and worked hard to come through for his filmmakers. Since he left Alphaville Productions in 2004, which had an exclusive overall deal at Paramount Pictures, where he was partnered with former Universal Pictures president Sean Daniel and produced such films as Billy Bob Thornton's "The Gift" and William Friedkin's "The Hunted," Jacks had been developing five mid-budget projects under his Frelaine banner that were »
- Anne Thompson
This is sad news. Jim Jacks has died. The former Universal Pictures production executive transitioned to a film partnership with Sean Daniel in Universal-based Alphaville, and together they produced The Mummy franchise and films that included Tombstone, Dazed And Confused, A Simple Plan, Michael, and The Jackal. He was an exec producer of Raising Arizona and Intolerable Cruelty. They were among Universal’s biggest producing teams during the 1990s and early 2000s before they split. Daniel posted a tribute on his Facebook page: “Here’s to Jim Jacks. Nobody loved movies more. Passionate, loyal, generous, accomplished, noble, caring, heavily armed, creative, dare I say obsessive on occasion. A good man, a good friend, a wonderful partner, a loving son to his family. You will be missed.” I am getting ready to leave Sundance, but will provide more details when I can. According to my Variety pal Dave McNary, Jacks was »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Movie producer James “Jim” Jacks, who worked with independent-minded filmmakers including the Coen brothers, Richard Linklater, Sam Raimi and Billy Bob Thornton, died Monday of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 66.
Though his most commercially successful venture was the “The Mummy” franchise, which he launched in 1999 with longtime producing partner Sean Daniel through their Alphaville Films banner, Jacks was known for championing American auteur filmmakers even while working in the studio system at Universal. Alphaville launched in 1992, and the shingle produced Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused,” “Tombstone,” John Woo’s “Hard Target” and Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats.”
After studying to be an engineer and getting an Mba, Jacks pursued screenwriting and worked as an entertainment analyst. »
- Dave McNary
Starling City is plagues by a mad bomber. Oliver is plagued by limited social skills. And Laurel is on a mission.
Previously on Arrow….
The adorkable Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) paid Starling City a visit. Even though he was funny, smart, cute and a total Arrow fanboy, Oliver took an immediate disliking to him. That was hard to understand, since Barry is more universally adored than pizza. However, it seems to have something to do with Felicity crushing hard on the science geek. Oliver is like that obnoxious kid in kindergarten who doesn’t necessarily want to play with the toys, but he hoards them all the same so no one else can play with them.
Cyrus Gold came onto the scene as Starling’s first super-powered bad guy. He whupped the Arrow’s butt, he whupped Diggle’s butt and then he killed a bunch of cops. Oliver killed »
- Chris O'Guinn
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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