Syfy picks up Dark Matter TV series from former Stargate producers

If you’ve been jonesing for that classic Stargate vibe, we have some good news — Syfy is developing a new sci-fi series from franchise alums Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. 

The duo are producing Dark Matter, based on their own Dark Horse graphic novel published in 2012. The project was originally conceived as a television series, but Mallozzi and Mullie turned it into a graphic novel when development stalled. Following some positive buzz for the comic, the television series is back on the table.

According to TV Line, the series will follow the crew of a derelict spaceship awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets. Syfy programming SVP Chris Regina noted that Dark Matter will be a “refreshing and entertaining space opera that blends an intriguing premise with fast-paced suspense.”

Considering Mallozzi and Mullie’s extensive experience with the genre, not to mention spaceship-set action, this could jump out as one heck of a fun series. The comic is a white-knuckle run with some nice twists and turns, and it also represents another space opera on the schedule. We’re always up for a new space opera. Of course, it remains to be seen whether Syfy can execute on its new dedication to the genre, but with Dark Matter now added to a lineup that includes Ascension and The Expanse, we should have plenty of opportunity to find out.

Syfy has picked up the U.S. rights to an initial 13-episode season. The show is being produced by Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl), and Endemol will handle international distribution. Prodigy’s Jay Firestone and Vanessa Piazza will also serve as executive producers.

(Via TV Line)

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