Syfy has never been afraid to tackle some of the more ambitious fare in genre literature, and they've set their sights on another classic. Next up? The network is taking a stab at one of Robert A. Heinlein's most decorated novels.
Collider reports Syfy (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) has picked up a series adaptation of Heinlein’s 1961 sci-fi novel Stranger in a Strange Land. The story follows a human, Valentine Michael Smith, who was raised on Mars until his early adulthood. It tracks how he changes and affects terrestrial culture. It’s an ambitious story, and with the network tackling everything from The Expanse to Channel Zero: Candle Cove these days, the time could finally be right to bring this story to life.
“Paramount TV is excited to have the opportunity to adapt Robert Heinlein’s seminal work of science fiction,” Paramount TV President Amy Powell said. “This novel has resonated with me since college and there’s a reason it has continued to find new fans for over forty years. Syfy’s understanding of imaginative and futuristic programming is unmatched, making them an ideal partner for this series.”
No word on when the series will arrive, or who will be heading it up behind the scenes (Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions are co-producing), but it sounds like the network is keen to get this one into development. So hopefully we’ll have some fresh intel soon.
What do you think of the move? Can the network pull it off?