Syfy’s Working on the Futuristic Prison Drama ’51st State’

Syfy’s heading to prison with 51st State, a new dramatic series moving forward at the network. Craig Borten, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Dallas Buyers Club, is working on the pilot and will executive produce the hour-long series. Katherine Pope (New Girl) and Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) are also on board as executive producers.

51st State is being developed by Syfy and Fox 21 Television Studios.

The Plot:

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, along with others, is broken. Struggling to seize control and exact revenge, reluctant heroes emerge — but what exactly are they fighting for?

-By Rebecca Murray

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