Greenland becomes a supermax prison in futuristic new original Syfy series

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Jan 13, 2015, 4:44 PM EST

Syfy (disclosure -- Syfy is Blastr's parent company) is slingshotting into 2015 with some momentum revolving around its new lineup of original programming, beginning with December's Ascension and following it up with this week's premiere of 12 Monkeys and new seasons of Helix and Dominion.  Not stopping to take a breather, Syfy announced the latest addition to its development slate, a one-hour futuristic prison drama called 51st State.  Produced by Fox 21 TV Studios and Chernin Entertainment, this intriguing series will be written by Craig Borten, Oscar-nominated co-writer of Dallas Buyers Club.  

Here's the official synopsis:

As 51st State unfolds, the United States, confronting a prison population stretched to the limit, purchases Greenland and converts it into a frontier prison colony with male and female convicts incarcerated together.  Promised conditional freedom, the inmates are driven to the edge of their humanity when that promise is broken, along with others.  Struggling to seize control and exact revenge, reluctant heroes emerge -- but what exactly are they fighting for?

Sounds like the fate of Australia during the 19th century when Great Britain dumped its undesirables into a penal colony called Botany Bay.  No casting news or pilot airing dates have been announced at this time.  It's another in a recent run of sci-fi/horror/fantasy fare announced by the channel, with Syfy's platter of projects in development including the likes of Image Comics' Five Ghosts, Wolfgang Petersen's Old Man's War and David Goyer's Superman prequel series, Krypton. With its interesting concept, let's hope 51st State doesn't get lost in the sci-fi shuffle.

How do you like the premise of this newest project, and do you feel bad for the residents of poor Greenland after it's converted to a mega-jail?

(Via Deadline)