Syfy is adding another genre series to its busy roster by adapting cult British movie The Machine into a scripted TV series. The film’s writer, Caradog James, is also on board the project. [Syfy is Blastr’s corporate parent.]
The Machine follows the story of a brilliant (aren't they ever?) computer programmer who is desperate to save his terminally ill daughter and creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence. Of course, things go south (aka horribly wrong) when the government hijacks the AI originally designed to help injured soldiers and uses it to create the ultimate cyborg killing machine.
The Hollywood Reporter says that The Machine will follow several storylines as it "takes a broad view of cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs in genetic engineering, trans-humanism and artificial intelligence."
James will pen the script, while John Giwa-Amu (The Silent Storm) will produce the upcoming series for Syfy. Universal Cable Productions (which will develop the series) VP development Dawn Olmstead said: "The Machine is a profound story that allows us to explore a poignant and unique relationship between science fiction and humanity."
The original 2013 movie starred Toby Stephens (Black Sails) and Caity Lotz (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow).
Are you excited to see The Machine head to Syfy?