Syfy is adapting another beloved science fiction story as a TV series, announcing Wednesday that it is partnering with scribes David Eick and Josh Pate to turn Frederik Pohl’s novel “Gateway” into a one-hour scripted series.
The series, which hails from studios Entertainment One Television and Universal Cable Productions, is set after the discovery of an asteroid teeming with the long-abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race known as the Heechee. The lead character is prospector Robinette Broadhead, who gambles everything on a journey to discover alien artifacts. A nightmare mission results in him receiving extraordinary wealth and luxury — but also leaves him haunted by the loss of his crewmates, including the love of his life.
“We’re delighted to develop this fascinating First Contact story with long-time partners Universal Cable Productions and Entertainment One,” said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s exec veep of original content. “‘Gateway’ is thought-provoking and unsettling, raising profound questions about mankind’s possible relationship with alien life.”
Eick, who is best known as an executive producer and writer of “Battlestar Galactica,” collaborated on the adaptation with “Blood and Oil” co-creator Josh Pate, with Eick revising a pilot script written by Pate. (The two have also worked together on “Falling Skies”). Eick will serve as showrunner. They are both exec producing.
Executive producers also include Martha De Laurentiis through the De Laurentiis Company, former eOne Television executive Michael Rosenberg and Lorenzo De Maio. Gerard Bocaccio, eOne Television’s senior VP of U.S. scripted development, will oversee the project for the studio.
“David and Josh are masters of telling authentic, multidimensional stories set in wholly unfamiliar worlds, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them and Syfy to translate Frederik’s beloved and timeless adventure saga into an equally exhilarating television series,” said Pancho Mansfield, president of global scripted programming for eOne Television.
First published in 1977 by St. Martin’s Press, “Gateway” joins new series “Childhood’s End” and “The Magicians” on Syfy’s growing roster of adaptations of popular novels.
“’Gateway’ is a science-fiction marvel weaving a great story of humanity and love,” said Dawn Olmstead, exec VP of development at Universal Cable Productions. “We’re excited to realize Frederik Pohl’s vision and bring it to life for Syfy — the ideal home for this compelling classic.”