'Pushing Daisies' creator co-writing pilot for Syfy

Pushing Daisies” and “Dead Like Me” creator Bryan Fuller is supervising a pilot for Syfy based on John Christopher’s 1969 book “The Lotus Caves.”

Fuller co-created the pilot story with Jim Danger Gray, an alum of “Pushing Daisies.” Gray will pen the teleplay for the adaptation of Christopher’s book about a group of rebel lunar colonists who discover a network of caves ruled by an advanced alien species.

Fuller’s other noteworthy credits include “Heroes” and “Wonderfalls.”

In 2007, Walden Media said it was developing a film version of “The Lotus Caves” with Rpin Suwannath attached to direct.

Syfy’s announcement adds to the eclectic development revealed by the cabler on July 30. That slate includes scripted projects featuring Lee Majors and Kevin Sorbo playing versions of themselves, along with an alien-infused workplace comedy and a 23rd-century Robin Hood story.

In addition, Syfy has picked up a third season of “Merlin” from FremantleMedia. A premiere date has been scheduled for early 2011. Season two averaged 1.72 million viewers per episode (687,000 in adults 18-49), providing nearly double the audience for Syfy compared to its programming in the timeslot a year earlier.

The U.S. premiere of “Merlin” was on NBC in the summer of 2009. It moved to Syfy this spring.

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