Game of Thrones in space may sound like an odd concept, but that’s the best way to describe the new series ‘The Expanse’, which has been picked up by SyFy for a new series in development…
It’s always a good compliment when ‘Game of Thrones’ creator George RR Martin calls your book ‘a kick ass space opera’, and it’s probably one of the reasons why the series ‘The Expanse’ is so often compared to the fantasy epic set in Westeros.
SyFy was paying attention as well because they’ve just ordered a 10-episode straight to series pickup for ‘The Expanse’, which will begin production under the leadership of Academy Award nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.
The book series written by James S.A. Corey (pen name for co-writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) was most popularized by the debut novel ‘Leviathan Wakes’, which was nominated in 2012 for a Hugo Award for best novel.
The premise of the book and show is as follows:
“Leviathan Wakes follows the character of Jim Holden, one of many citizens who have spread out over the solar system and inhabited the surrounding planets. Holden makes his living as an ice miner who accidentally comes across the remains of the Scopuli. It’s on this ship that he discovers a secret that people are willing to kill and start wars for. At the same time, Detective Miller is searching for the daughter of a rich couple, his investigation bringing him to Holden and the remains of the Scopuli. The two men must work together to find out what is going on and keep themselves and everyone else alive.”
The new series will pick up production later this year with a debut date still to be announced.