In another example of Syfy upping its star wattage, the cabler announced today that it is partnering with Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips to develop an event series based on Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-winning bestselling novel “Hyperion.”
The three men will exec produce. 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 King’s GK Films and Cooper and Phillips’ 22nd and Green.
“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 Cooper.
Set on the eve of Armageddon with the entire galaxy at war, “Hyperion” follows 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 — and one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
“‘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 & CCO of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
The project announcement follows news of other high-profile endeavors at Syfy, including an adaption of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” with Amblin Television, Gale Anne Hurd’s 13-episode thriller “Hunters,” David Goyer’s Superman prequel “Krypton,” and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s futuristic espionage thriller “Incorporated.”
“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,” said Syfy and Chiller president Dave Howe. “Epitomizing the gold standard of science fiction storytelling, Hyperion tackles smart and provocative themes that help define Syfy’s development vision.”
Cooper is represented by CAA. He is also an exec producer of CBS’ “Limitless,” a series based on his 2011 film. Moses is represented by UTA, and Phillips is represented by CAA and attorney Warren Dern at Sloane, Offer, Weber, & Dern.