To the skies! Syfy picks up high-concept, space-set limited series Ascension

After making a promise to refocus on scripted sci-fi, Syfy has placed an order for a new space-set series dubbed Ascension.

The six-episode limited series will follow the occupants of a starship secretly launched 50 years ago in 1963 by the U.S. government, sent to populate a new world. But, as the crew approaches the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman could jeopardize the entire mission. The series is set to premiere in November 2014.

While announcing the show, Syfy President Dave Howe likened the series to some of the most ambitious projects ever attempted by the network. If nothing else, it sounds like they’re swinging for the fences, and we can’t wait to see how this one turns out:

"Syfy is more committed than ever to bringing to life epic event television. We have a rich history in this arena, from Steven Spielberg's 'Taken' to the highly acclaimed mini that launched the 'Battlestar Galactica' series, to reimagined takes on classic tales such as 'Alice' and 'Tin Man.' In keeping with that grand tradition, we are delighted to bring this thrilling, provocative and intelligent event to our fans later this year."

The series is being created by Philip Levens (Smallville), who will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge) will produce, along with Mark Stern, Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble and Brett Burlock.

What do you think? Will you check this one out?

(Via Coming Soon)

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