Boom! Studios’ The Woods has been put in development as a new sci-fi TV series over at Syfy. Not only that, but Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Incarnate) has been tapped to produce as well as direct, according to Deadline. The series is based on Batman Eternal writer James Tynion IV and TMNT artist Michael Dialynas’ highly popular comic book series, which is currently on issue #27 of a planned 36.
Syfy’s upcoming series will be penned by Michael Armbruster (Beautiful Boy) and will be co-produced by Boom! Studios and Peyton’s ASAP Entertainment (which also includes Jeff Fierson). Universal Cable Productions is the studio. Here’s what Peyton and Fierson said in a statement: “We’ve always seen this title as having the potential to be a stand-out sci-fi property, and there’s no better team to do that with than with Boom! and the teams at UCP/Syfy.”
So, what’s The Woods about? Here’s an official description of the comic book storyline from Boom! Studios:
On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.
However, according to the report, the number of students, teachers, parents and workers who end up transported on the moon of a distant planet seems to have dropped to 300 but the storyline remains the same, with those marooned having to “survive the eerie and dangerous environment while desperately trying to find a way to get back home.”
I don't think this small discrepancy means anything, but the premise for the story is definitely intriguing. Since the series has just been put in development, it's way too early to know how many episodes will be produced, or when the series is expected to kick off. What do you think about Syfy heading into The Woods with Brad Peyton?