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Old 04-14-2014, 03:30 PM  
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Syfy: The Expanse

I'm really excited about this - it's a fantastic set of books that I think could translate into really good TV.

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Syfy orders 'The Expanse' series based on 'Leviathan Wakes' (think 'Game of Thrones' in space)

By James Hibberd on Apr 11, 2014 at 6:30PM

Syfy has given a direct-to-series order to an exciting-sounding new project based on an acclaimed sci-fi book series. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of The Expanse, from Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) and Alcon Television Group. The project has been described by industry insiders as “Game of Thrones in space” — not so much because of the specifics of the plot, but because it tells a dramatic sprawling grown-up story within a popular fantasy genre that’s based on a respected series of novels.

The logline: “A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.”

The Expanse is based on a series of books by James S.A. Corey. The most well-known title is probably the first in the series, Leviathan Wakes, which has been praised for reinventing and updating the old-school Star Wars/Firefly-style space opera. Syfy won a bidding war with another content producer to acquire the project.

Syfy president Dave Howe promised, “The Expanse is epic in scale and scope and promises to be Syfy’s most ambitious series to date. Bringing this coveted book franchise to television with our partners at Alcon and the Sean Daniel Company is a giant win for Syfy, reinforcing our overall strategy to produce bold, provocative and compelling sci-fi fantasy stories. The Expanse joins a killer line-up of high-concept, high quality series, along with recently announced original projects Ascension, 12 Monkeys, the renewal of Helix, and the soon to premiere Dominion.”

Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company developed the original pitch, with Fergus and Ostby, and will also executive produce. “The Expanse is one of the most special pieces of material we’ve ever encountered and it has been our dream to bring it to life since the moment we read it,” Daniel and Brown said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to be doing it with this team of all-stars.”

Added Alcon president Sharon Hall: “The Expanse is an addictive, sophisticated, character-driven franchise and Mark and Hawk are the perfect people to steer it. Their script is a totally immersive and accessible sci-fi journey.”
(Just FYI, the author of Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey, is actually a collaberative pseudonym of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. I guess EW didn't know this...)
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:44 PM   #211
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Watching Season 3 on Amazon Prime right now. Best season so far of the entire series. This showing is getting crazy good.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:50 PM   #212
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Watching Season 3 on Amazon Prime right now. Best season so far of the entire series. This showing is getting crazy good.
I give Bezos begrudging credit for saving this show from SyFy's dipshittery.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:54 PM   #213
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Love this show but when I saw that it was on Amazon prime video and started watching, I realized that I had already seen those episodes. Those are from last Fall. When is the new season supposed to be released?
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Love this show but when I saw that it was on Amazon prime video and started watching, I realized that I had already seen those episodes. Those are from last Fall. When is the new season supposed to be released?
They're shooting season 4 I think as of last month.
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I think the most recent guestimate I heard was August.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:16 AM   #216
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Finished watching Season 3 last night. Can't wait for Season 4 to come out. The possibilities are pretty much endless on the direction they can take this show. I have never read the books so I was caught completely by surprise on the ending.

I have read that have stayed pretty true to the books so far. If they continue to follow that path then I think this show can have a great run on Amazon.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:21 AM   #217
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They sort-of follow the books. Not exact, but closer than, say, Game of Thrones. But the authors are pretty involved in production as I understand, and most of the changes have made sense.
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I started digging into Season 3 last week after putting it off for some reason. Damn.. this show continues to improve. Sadly, I've had such long breaks between seasons, that I feel like I really need to go back and rewatch the entire thing.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:31 AM   #219
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I've done that before every new season. Even though I've read the series 3 or 4 times. The show is that good.
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Old 04-11-2019, 07:26 AM   #220
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Just finished Tiamat's Wrath. Good book.

Can't believe there's only one more.
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