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Syfy Greenlights ‘Prototype’ Pilot from ’24’ Writer

Syfy has given a pilot order to original sci-fi thriller “Prototype,” Variety has learned.

The project, written by Tony Basgallop (“24: Live Another Day”), centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.

“’Prototype’ is a purely original idea from a talented writer with a unique vision,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see this original idea come to life in this pilot for Syfy.”

Oscar nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“Esposados”) will direct. Escape Artists Productions will serve as executive producers along with Fresnadillo and Basgallop, while Taylor Latham will be co-executive producer.

“Prototype” is among a number of high-concept shows in development at the cable network; Syfy is also working on an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television; “3001: The Final Odyssey,” an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s final “Odyssey” book from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions; Bradley Cooper’s “Hyperion“; and the Superman prequel “Krypton” from David S. Goyer. Earlier  this month, the network gave a series order to “Incorporated,” a futuristic thriller from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions.

Syfy also recently renewed its two freshman dramas, “The Magicians” and space-set drama “The Expanse” for second seasons, and will premiere Season 2 of time-travel drama “12 Monkeys” on April 18. The cabler will debut “Hunters,” from “Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd, on April 11.

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