Bradley Cooper has been wanting to make Dan Simmons’ best-selling novel Hyperion into a movie for quite some time. There’s been a lot of “will they or won’t they?” going on, but now Syfy has stepped in to settle the question once and for all. Today, the network announced Hyperion will be produced as an event series for the network. Personally, I think this is the better choice as it will allow a lot more time to tell the story.
From the Syfy Press Release:
SYFY JOINS WITH BRADLEY COOPER, GRAHAM KING AND TODD PHILLIPS TO DEVELOP DAN SIMMONS’ INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER HYPERION
Itamar Moses to Write Event Series
Universal Cable Productions to Serve as Studio
NEW YORK – June 10, 2015 – Syfy announced today it is teaming with Oscar-nominated producer Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Oscar-winning producer Graham King (The Departed, Argo) and Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) to develop Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-winning best-selling novel Hyperion as an event series.
Cooper will executive produce along with King and Phillips. Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio. Hyperion will be a production of Graham King’s GK Films and Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips’ 22nd and Green.
Set on the eve of Armageddon with the entire galaxy at war, Hyperion is the story of seven pilgrims who set forth on a voyage to seek the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope and a terrible secret — while one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
“It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences,” said executive producer Cooper.
Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller: “As Syfy continues to forge important partnerships with award-winning talent on and off screen, this powerhouse team led by Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips brings an extraordinary track record in producing entertainment of the highest creative ambition. Epitomizing the gold standard of science fiction story-telling, Hyperiontackles smart and provocative themes that help define Syfy’s development vision.”
“Hyperion is a science fiction masterpiece. Dan Simmons’ universe is unique and darkly compelling, and the creative team assembled here is simply as good as it gets,” said Jeff Wachtel, President & Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
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