Back in September, Syfy announced it had placed a pilot order for a TV series based on the 2013 sci-fi film The Machine, starring Legends of Tomorrow alum Caity Lotz and Black Sail’s Toby Stephens. Now we have the first casting news, and two of them are geek legends.
According to Deadline, Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Legends of Tomorrow, Into the Badlands) and Jaeden Bettencourt (Hotel Transylvania 2) have joined the cast of The Machine. In a nice twist, Sackhoff, Henriksen and Bettencourt will lend their voices in order to breathe life to supercomputers Nadia, Stanley and Kazimir.
So, what’s the new series about? Syfy’s The Machine is “set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence. The project explores the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters – each of whom holds the key to humanity’s victory or its destruction.”
The Machine is bringing back most of the movie’s creative team, with the film’s director Caradog James returning as executive producer, writer and director on the pilot. The film’s producer John Giwa-Amu will also executive produce alongside Andrew Miller (Secret Circle).
With Sackhoff and Henriksen on board Syfy’s TV project, and the movie’s creative team returning to spearhead the new series, I have high hopes the pilot will lead to a full series pick-up. After all, the television landscape is in need of another good A.I. series, don't you think?