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Syfy Orders Original Sci-Fi Series ‘Dark Matter’

New space-based action drama hails from ‘Stargate’ writers

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Syfy has picked up “Dark Matter,” an original sci-fi show set in the far future, for a 13-episode season to air in 2015.

The show will be produced by Prodigy Pictures — the company behind “Lost Girl” — and was created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, both of whom worked on “Stargate SG-1,” “Stargate Atlantis” and “Stargate Universe” for Syfy.

In “Dark Matter,” the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.

Mallozzi and Mullie will serve as executive producers, alongside Jay Firestone and Vanessa Piazza.

“‘Dark Matter’ is a refreshing and entertaining space opera that blends an intriguing premise with fast-paced suspense,” said Chris Regina, Syfy’s senior vice president of programming. “It will be a terrific addition to our prime time schedule next year.”

The series has been in development for a number of years. In 2012, Mallozzi and Mullie adapted the pilot script into a four-issue comic book miniseries for Dark Horse Comics, which was illustrated by Gary Brown. The television show will be based directly on the comic book.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Joe and Paul, who have created a series that revolves around compelling characters that will keep its viewers guessing what’s coming up next,” said Jay Firestone of Prodigy Pictures.

“Dark Matter” is the latest addition to Syfy’s line-up of original sci-fi, which includes new seasons of “Defiance” and “Dominion,” the miniseries “Ascension,” “Z Nation,” “Hunters” and “The Expanse.”

No casting details are available yet, but pre-production is well underway, with shooting scheduled to begin before the end of the year. “Dark Matter” will air on Syfy sometime in 2015.

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