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Syfy Headed For Frederik Pohl's Gateway

David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Josh Pate (Falling Skies) will executive produce the series adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel.

By Bryan Enk

Syfy has set a course for Gateway, Frederik Pohl's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science fiction novel that's now set to become a television series.

First published in 1977, Gateway chronicles the discovery of an asteroid teeming with the long-abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race known as the Heechee, which sets in motion a gold rush for alien artifacts and technology. The abandoned ships are preprogrammed, transporting their passengers to distant worlds of riches -- or certain death. The story centers on Robinette Broadhead, a prospector haunted by the loss of his crewmates ... including the love of his life.

David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Josh Pate (Falling Skies) will executive produce the series, with Eick revising Pate's original pilot script. The series will also be executive produced by Martha De Laurentiis through the De Laurentiis Company, former eOne Television executive Michael Rosenberg, and Lorenzo De Maio. 

Sci-fi TV shows based on novels is cause du jour at Syfy now, with Childhood's End (based on the Arthur C. Clarke classic) and The Expanse (based on the best selling book series by James S.A. Corey) both set to arrive in December. Next year, we've got Hunters, inspired by the Alien Hunters series from Whitley Strieber and The Magicians, based on the Lev Grossman novel. Plus, we've got Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 3001 by Arthur C. Clarke all in development.