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Syfy Developing ‘Brave New World’ Miniseries; Chiller Sets First Original Drama

Syfy is taking on a 20th century classic for its next big miniseries endeavor. The cabler is developing an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV.

The adaptation is being penned by Les Bohem, who worked with Spielberg and Syfy (back when it was Sci Fi Channel) on the Emmy-winning 2003 miniseries “Taken.” Huxley’s 1932 novel depicts a futuristic world without poverty or disease, where human values are turned upside down and most people are controlled by mind-altering drugs. The conformist order is challenged by renegades dubbed “savages.”

Bohem and Amblin’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will exec produce for Universal Cable Prods.

Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller, said “Brave New World’s” “provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, ‘Brave New World’ is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy.”

Separately, Chiller on Tuesday announced its first original drama series, “Slasher.” The Canadian production is designed to be a rebootable anthology series in the vein of “American Horror Story.” The first installment, targeted to air late this year, revolves around a woman who returns home to find herself wrapped up in a series of grisly murders that mirror the death of her parents.

Aaron Martin (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) wrote the eight-episode series that will be directed by Craig David Wallace. Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie are exec producers for Shaftesbury Films.

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