“It’s been too long since we’ve had a really kickass space opera.” - George R.R. Martin (author, Game of Thrones)
Deadline: Syfy Gives 10-Episode Order To Space Opera ‘The Expanse’ From Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, Alcon Entertainment
tvbtn: Syfy Gives Straight-to-Series Greenlight to ‘The Expanse’ (Syfy press release)
IO9: Syfy Turns James S.A. Corey’s Expanse Into “Game Of Thrones In Space” headline borrowed from Entertainment Weekly with links to IO9’s previous reviews of each of the Expanse novels as they were published.
And me crowing about Leviathan Wakes posting here in 2012.
Evidently, thirteen months later, television rights were secured, a script treatment was written, and was shopped around. Syfy got into a bidding war with another unnamed network. Syfy won with the higher bid. The straight to series order is based on the strength of the script. No director or cast has been hired yet.
IMDb: The Expanse
Yeah, we’re working on book 5 right now, and we’ve been hitting 1/year. I ain’t scared.
As far as budget… well, yes, we’ve heard word. And it’s really quite flattering. The phrase “one of the biggest deals in TV history” has been bandied about. - Daniel Abraham, posting today at author’s blog: Lizard Brain: The Expanse PICKED UP at SYFY
So this will either be a return to Syfy’s glory years of Farscape and Battlestar Galactica. Or just another ignominy in the channel’s continuing decline. I doubt the outcome will prove to be anything in between. I do admire such a fearless, costly leap at the brass ring though. Wow.
Casting news by summer hopefully. ADD: Or sooner?
We have lots to tell, but are waiting until after the April 30th official announcement. - @JamesSACorey