Syfy’s getting back in the long-form scripted programming game with Ascension, created by Philip Levens (Smallville). Levens wrote the six-hour series and is an executive producer along with Jason Blum (the Paranormal Activity franchise), Mark Stern, Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble, and Brett Burlock.
The intergalactic mystery will air in November and December 2014.
“Syfy is more committed than ever to bringing to life epic event television. We have a rich history in this arena, from Steven Spielberg’s Taken to the highly acclaimed mini that launched the Battlestar Galactica series, to reimagined takes on classic tales such as Alice and Tin Man. In keeping with that grand tradition, we are delighted to bring this thrilling, provocative and intelligent event to our fans later this year,” said Syfy President Dave Howe.
“Phil Levens has crafted a bold and surprising spin on the space opera that we are thrilled to bring to life,” added Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President of Original Content, Syfy. “We are equally excited to embark on this journey with our partners at UCP, Sea To Sky, Lionsgate, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions and also with Mark Stern who shepherded this project while at Syfy.”
In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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