It’s official: Battlestar Galactica mastermind Ron Moore is headed back to Syfy. But this time he’s trading spaceships for a claustrophobic, Thing-esque thriller.
The network has placed a 13-episode order for Moore’s “dark thriller” series Helix, which will follow a team of scientists investigating a mysterious disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility that could decide the fate of the Earth. Think The Thing meets Andromeda Strain, perhaps.
Steven Maeda (Lost, The Forgotten) will handle day-to-day duties on the series as showrunner, with Moore serving as producer. Syfy’s original content president Mark Stern had good things to say about the project:
“With its well-drawn characters, taut drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this intense thrill-ride of a series come to life.”
After becoming a sci-fi legend with his Battlestar Galactica reimagining, Moore has had a string of bad luck when it comes to TV projects. His Fox series Virtuality had its pilot burned off as a TV movie, while the NBC cop fantasy series 17th Precinct didn’t even make it through the pilot stage.
This will mark Moore’s third Syfy series in recent years, following BSG and the criminally underrated Caprica. He has a record of creating smart, fantastic television, and it's great to know he’ll be back on the small screen this fall.
What do you think about the pitch? Will you be checking this series out?