Superman Prequel and George R.R. Martin Projects Join Syfy’s Programming Slate


Syfy announced it’s moving forward on the Superman prequel, Krypton, and the graphic novel adaptation, Happy!, starring Christopher Meloni. The network also confirmed it has Nightflyers based on George R.R. Martin’s novella in development. Both Krypton and Happy! will be included in Syfy’s 2017-2018 lineup along with returning series The Expanse, The Magicians, 12 Monkeys, Killjoys, and Channel Zero.

Nightflyers will be executive produced by Gene Klein (Suits), David Bartis (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Doug Liman (Suits), Alison Rosenzweig (Jacob’s Ladder), Michael Gaeta (Jacob’s Ladder), Lloyd Ivan Miller, Alice P. Neuhauser, and Jeff Buhler. Buhler is writing the adaptation and Robert Jaffe is producing.

“SYFY is partnering with the biggest names in the business to tell the boldest stories in the sci-fi world, and I can’t think of any bigger and bolder than Krypton, Happy! and Nightflyers,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Krypton Details: Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, Krypton follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe) – whose House of El was ostracized and shamed – as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. Based on DC characters, Krypton is from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

In addition to Cuffe, Krypton stars Georgina Campbell (Broadchurch), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons), Ann Ogbomo (World War Z), Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness), Wallis Day (Will), Aaron Pierre (Tennison), and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones). The pilot teleplay was written by Goyer and Kindler, from a story by Ian Goldberg & Goyer, with Colm McCarthy serving as director and co-executive producer. Krypton is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC.

Happy! Details: Universal Cable Productions’ Happy! is based on New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name. The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy” (Bobby Moynihan).

Executive producers Grant Morrison (Batman) and Brian Taylor (Crank) co-wrote the pilot teleplay. Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film, Meloni and showrunner Patrick Macmanus will also executive produce. Taylor directed the pilot.

Nightflyers Detail: SYFY and Universal Cable Productions are developing a supernatural thriller based on author George R.R. Martin’s (Game of Thrones) epic novel Nightflyers. Set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.