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Spike’s ‘Red Mars’ Drama Halts Production

Spike has suspended production on drama series “Red Mars.”

Executive producer and showrunner Peter Noah has departed the science-fiction project, which Spike gave a straight-to-series order to in December. At the time, writer J. Michael Straczynski had been named showrunner on the project, set to executive produce with Vince Gerardis, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross of Skydance.

Noah was brought on board the project later. Greg Yaitanes had earlier this month joined as director and executive producer.

“We will continue to develop ‘Red Mars’ with Skydance,” the network said in a statement. “The ‘Red Mars’ trilogy is one of the most beloved, modern science fiction properties, in part because of its tremendous scope and ambition. We are pausing to ensure we get the script right and to deliver fans what they want– a fantastic show that fully captures the spirit of these wonderful books”

“Red Mars” had been slated for a January, 2017 premiere. It is unclear now whether the show will hit that mark.

Spike in November pulled the plug on another drama, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “Harvest,” which it had given a straight-to-series order to.

A source close to the “Red Mars” production tells Variety that the project is not being scrapped and that it remains a high priority for Spike as the network continues its renewed push into scripted programming.

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