Syfy announces Childhood's End and Ringworld miniseries

Two new miniseries are on the way to Syfy, and they should sound familiar to fans of classic sci-fi literature.

The network has greenlit miniseries based on Larry Niven’s Ringworld and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, which will add two fairly hard sci-fi projects to the network's development slate.

A four-hour version of Ringworld will follow a team of deep-space explorers investigating an alien artifact. After crash-landing, the team finds insane alien tech and ruins of a lost civilization that could control the fate of the world. The series is being handled by Michael Perry (The River, Paranormal Activity 2), who brings a solid amount of genre cred to the project.

This is the second time Syfy has taken a crack at Ringworld, after floating a potential miniseries nearly 10 years ago. Here's hoping Perry is the man to get it off the ground (pun intended). 

Michael DeLuca (The Social Network) is putting together the Childhood’s End project, which will track the effects of an alien invasion that turns the Earth into a near-utopia.

Both works are seminal sci-fi tales, and hold a ton of potential for small-screen adaptation.

These two projects join a growing slate of miniseries in the works at Syfy, including Stephen King’s Eyes of the Dragon, Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle and the apocalyptic project Darkfall.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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