Spike TV, Vince Gerardis Adapting ‘Red Mars’ as Original Scripted Series

Spike TV is adding another original scripted series to its slate, and has partnered with “Game of Thrones” co-executive producer Vince Gerardis to develop “Red Mars,” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy of novels.

The series will focus on the question at the center of the novels: What is it to be human when we are no longer of earth?

“This series shines a light onto many views of what it means to be human, and asks if can we sustain our humanity under incredible duress,” said Sharon Levy, executive vice president of original series at Spike TV. “We are thrilled to partner with such an accomplished producer as Vince Gerardis to tell this incredible and thought-provoking story.”

“There are many homes for large canvas television these days. It inspires me that Sharon has offered her network as home for this and provided a canvas for me to bring the world created in these books to the screen,” added Gerardis.

In addition to “Game of Thrones,” Gerardis also served as executive producer on ABC’s “Flash Forward.” Author Robinson will consult on the series.

Levy will oversee the project along with Ted Gold, senior vice president of scripted original series, and Justin Lacob, vice president of original series at Spike TV.

The cabler will premiere “Tut,” its first scripted series in seven years, in 2015. The network also recently announced script options for “The Crusaders,” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime; “Deep Web,” from Flying Studio Pictures; “The Chairman” based on the Stephen Frey bestseller and “War at the Shore,” based on Richard D. Bronson’s book.

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