ABC picks up Spielberg’s alien invasion sci-fi series The Whispers (aka The Visitors)

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May 9, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT (Updated)

A sci-fi project that’s been kicking around development for a while at ABC just got a series order, along with a somewhat strange new name.

The network has picked up the alien invasion drama The Whispers, previously known as The Visitors, with a series order. ABC had previously picked up the pilot for the potential series, which was developed by Soo Hugh (Under the Dome). Also working behind the scenes? Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey (Falling Skies), Darryl Frank (Under the Dome) and Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break).

The Whispers is being pitched as a major sci-fi project, chronicling humanity’s race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world. The cast will also be filled out by some fan fave sci-fi alums, including Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) and Barry Sloane (Revenge).

We’re glad to see ABC take a shot on a nice, straight-up sci-fi series like this one. It sounds like an intriguing concept, and could be a nice cross between the short-lived V with shades of The X-Files. As for the name changes? Honestly, The Visitors sounded a little cooler. But we digress.

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

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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