Well, fans of space-based television shows, Syfy is no longer turning a deaf ear. In addition to Ascension airing December 15, the network is adapting the graphic novel Dark Matter as an original television series. The series is created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, names any good Stargate fan should recognize. The graphic novel upon which the series is based was also created by Mallozzi and Mullie.
Funny thing is, Dark Matter was originally intended to be a television series before it found life in print form over at Dark Horse Comics. Now, the project has finally made it to its originally intended medium and will have 13 one-hour episodes in the first season, which will air on Syfy some time in 2015. Sorry, but it’s way too early in the development stage for the date to be more specific than that.
From the Syfy press release:
SYFY ACQUIRES NEW ORIGINAL SERIES DARK MATTER FROM THE PRODUCERS OF LOST GIRL AND THE WRITERS OF STARGATE
ENDEMOL TO DISTRIBUTE INTERNATIONALLY
NEW YORK – October 15, 2014 – Syfy today announced it has acquired the new original series Dark Matter, which will be produced by Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl, XIII) and created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (Stargate franchise).
The 13 one-hour episodes will be based on the graphic novel Dark Matter by Mallozzi and Mullie, published by Dark Horse Comics, and will air on Syfy in 2015.
Executive producers are Jay Firestone, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie and Vanessa Piazza. The series will be distributed internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
In Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.
In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy, said: “Dark Matter is a refreshing and entertaining space opera that blends an intriguing premise with fast-paced suspense. It will be a terrific addition to our prime time schedule next year.”
Said Jay Firestone, Prodigy Pictures: “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe and Paul, who have created a series that revolves around compelling characters that will keep its viewers guessing what’s coming up next.”
Said Cathy Payne, Chief Executive, Endemol Worldwide Distribution: “We are excited to be involved with Dark Matter and look forward to launching this internationally in 2015, concurrently with Syfy.”
Dark Matter joins Syfy’s international co-productions Z Nation and Olympus (which premieres in 2015) along with popular acquired series such as Lost Girl, Spartacus and Bitten.