Syfy is ramping up its development slate, and has ordered pilots for three new series — including one based on the film The Machine, and an adaptation of a Grant Morrison graphic novel.
Variety reports the network has placed pilot orders for The Machine, Happy! and The Haunted. The shows range from supernatural horror to straight-up sci-fi and mega-quirky. As far as development slate additions, an interesting mix to throw onto the drawing board.
Here's the full breakdown on all three:
The Machine: This one is based on the 2013 film that starred Arrow alum Caity Lotz and Toby Stephens, and is set in a world transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence. The series will follow six characters as their stories weave around the conflict between man and technology. The series will keep much of the film’s creative team intact, with original director Caradog James signed on to produce, along with original producer John Giwa-Amu.
Happy!: This series is based on the Grant Morrison (Batman) and Darick Robertson graphic novel of the same name. The series follows an intoxicated and corrupt ex-cop who becomes a hit man. He stumbles into a world of souls, sex, murder and betrayal — but everything changes when he meets an imaginary blue horse who is “relentlessly positive.” It sounds crazy-weird, and the comic is a trip, but could be a lot of fun as a series. Morrison is attached.
The Haunted: This one sounds like a straight-up horror-drama project, and comes from the co-writer of Syfy’s The Magicians pilot, Noga Landau. The series follows four siblings who reunite in the wake of their parent’s deaths. While grappling with inner demons, they quickly realize they might have to fight some real ones, too. Author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) is also attached to produce.
All three of these projects are currently ordered to pilot, though that obviously doesn't mean all three will make it to the screen (though it stands to reason at least one might). So, what are you pulling for?