Bryan Fuller is going to stay busy no matter what happens to the shows he’s bringing to the small screen.
Fuller, who many fans should remember for bringing us “Dead Like Me” and “Pushing Daisies” as well as the current NBC drama “Hannibal,” has earned a pilot order from Syfy that will allow him to present his adaptation of John Christopher’s “The Lotus Caves.” Fuller’s version, known as “High Moon,” will also include the creative talents of Jim Danger Gray — his partner in “Hannibal” and “Pushing Daisies.”
“In the hands of visionary Bryan Fuller and this outstanding production team, ‘High Moon’ will be an imaginative, groundbreaking story featuring complex characters in a high-stakes drama,” said Mark Stern, president of Syfy original programming, in a release. “This represents our commitment to quality programming that redefines the genre, and we’re excited to begin production.”
“High Moon” focuses on colonization efforts on the Moon, and while there, discovering a new form of life. That, of course, causes chaos to erupt as everyone tries to uncover the secrets of this new life form.
No one has been cast for the pilot yet, but it is penned by Gray based on a story he wrote with Fuller. Other executive producers on the project include Cary Granat (“Spy Kids”), Steve Granat (“X-Men: Evolution”), Don Murphy (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) and Susan Montford (“Real Steel”).
Syfy is also looking to develop potential pilots from “Paranormal’s” Jason Blum as well as Terminator’s Gale Ann Hurd.
For Blum, his project is “Sojourn,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. That story, written with “Smallville’s” Phil Levens, takes place on a starship out to colonize another planet when a murder takes place. The murder itself is part of an overall larger conspiracy that dates back 50 years to the ship’s original launch.
Hurd is working with “The X-Files” alum John Shiban for “Clandestine,” which really throws a series like “Star Trek: Voyager” on its head. According to THR, a bandit clan is left for dead by the Coalition, and they take refuge on a derelict Coalition ship, get it up and running, and pretend to then be Coalition officers while they continue their criminal ways. Of course, nothing is black and white, and everything changes when the clan discovers the truth about the Coalition.
Only Fuller’s project of the three has a pilot order so far, while the others may at some point earn pilots. However, Syfy does have a habit of announcing several projects in development, but only actually putting a small handful into real production. That means the chances of seeing “Sojourn” or “Clandestine” is not very high at the moment until the cable channel does indeed order a pilot.