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Dean Devlin, the writer and producer of big screen sci-fi touchstones Independence Day and Stargate, is headed to deep space for his next adventure with the SYFY original series The Ark.
The high-concept sci-fi series follows the crew of a spacecraft as they try to stay alive after a devastating event destroys part of their ship, derailing its mission to save mankind. Devlin will serve as co-showrunner on the series, alongside Jonathan Glassner (Stargate SG-1), a duo that looks to bring plenty of deep space storytelling experience to the project.
“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to partner with SYFY again and can’t think of a better collaborator than Jonathan Glassner to bring this series to life,” Devlin said in a statement.
The story is set 100 years in the future at a time when planetary colonization missions have become a necessity to secure the survival of the human race. The series follows the crew of the Ark One after they encounter a disaster on their mission with more than a year left to go before reaching their destination. They’ll grapple with a lack of life-sustaining supplies and a leadership vacuum, forcing the remaining crew to become the best versions of themselves to stay on course and stay alive.
SYFY has ordered The Ark straight to series for a 12-episode season, with production slated to kick off in March at PFI Studios in Belgrade, Serbia. A premiere date has yet to be announced. Casting for the project will also ramp up soon, so expect some announcements on the crew of The Ark in the coming months.
“The Ark is a perfect fit for SYFY audiences and we know fans will gravitate to this heart-racing story from Dean Devlin, one of the most accomplished and respected sci-fi writers working today,” Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCU Entertainment and Streaming said in a statement. “With the recent success of both Resident Alien and Chucky, the network is home to several of the most creative storytellers working in all of television.”
Devlin and Glassner will executive produce The Ark alongside Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson of Electric Entertainment. Jonathan English of Balkanic Media will also produce.
SYFY is one of the top 10 highest-reaching cable entertainment networks across all key demos, and home to two of the top three new cable series in 2021 in the 18-49 demo with Resident Alien and Chucky.