An Australian climate change thriller begins production, Netflix finds The One, and The CW gives us some modern, proactive princesses in this edition of SYFY WIRE’s Development Roundup.
First up, production is now underway on a climate change sci-fi-thriller. Per Deadline, which first broke the news, Seth Larney is writing and directing 2067, a feature about humans looking to the future for answers after the planet’s forests, wildlife and plants are ravaged by climate change. Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men Apocalypse) lead a cast that includes Deborah Mailman, Aaron Glenane, Damian Walshe-Howling, Leeanna Walsman, Finn Little, Sana’a Shaik and Matt Testro.
“This is an elevated sci-fi story that is very much character driven, and this is where having actors of this caliber and gravitas pay great dividends. We’re happy to introduce a film we believe has great breakout potential.” Jonathan Ford, EVP of Sales, Distribution at Kew Media, told the media outlet.
Principal photography on 2067 began earlier this month at Adelaide Studios in South Australia.
Up next, Netflix continues to pick up and greenlight original sci-fi series. The streaming service giant announced that it has ordered 10 episodes of The One, a new series based on the science fiction novel of the same name by John Marrs. Howard Overman (Misfits, Future Man) will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
Set “five minutes in the future” (as the logline boasts, sounding not unlike the subtitle to Max Headroom’s 1985 backdoor pilot, Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future), The One takes place in a world where a DNA test can find the one person you’re genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with. So, no more dating, no more apps—in the world of The One, a hair sample is all it takes to find that Special Someone. Well, in no way can we foresee any bugs in this Black Mirror-esque system!
Picking up The One is in line with Netflix creating original sci-fi programming for its platform (see also: Stranger Things, Altered Carbon, Lost in Space, the new seasons of the aforementioned Black Mirror, not to mention The Dark and The Rain). So, bring it, Netflix! Not only do we love sci-fi, but we here at SYFY WIRE are also hopeless romantics and love to love.
And speaking of TV shows centered on seeking true love, Deadline has revealed that The CW is developing Nobody’s Princess, a new musical comedy series, which offers a fresh and modern take on classic fairytale princesses. Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, and songwriters/screenwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner will write and executive produce the series.
Nobody’s Princess transplants the stories of four classic fairytale princesses to present day New York. And instead of the princesses passively waiting for their true loves to find them, in this show, they’re a group of friends in their twenties looking to change the world and create their happily-ever-afters on their own terms. So, don’t expect to see any ‘princes’ trying to make out with women while they’re in spindle-induced comas. (Seriously, we’re perfectly happy to put an end to that truly creepy plot point/trope and others like it.)