Syfy likes to talk about projects before they are really developed (see: Farscape Web series, new Quantum Leap series, just to name a couple), but they aren't always just fantasy.
Jack Kenny, the showrunner for Syfy's top-rated series "Warehouse 13," says he is indeed working on a spinoff show involving Jaime Murray's H.G. Wells character, but that the show is not as developed as the cable channel may imply.
"It's not a series yet. It's a pitch," Kenny told Airlock Alpha during San Diego Comic-Con in July. Syfy "loves the idea," and Kenny is working with writer Bob Goodman to get a pilot script going.
But fans shouldn't get too excited yet.
"I've been doing this too long to pretend that this is happening yet," Kenny said. "The idea is sold. They love where we are going with it. And they love the central characters. Now we have to pitch the pilot story, and my sense is that Syfy will give it the best shot it can give it."
Wells, based on the real-life science-fiction author, is revealed to be a woman in "Warehouse 13," a rogue agent in fact that once worked with Warehouse 12 in Britain before being bronzed and stored in Warehouse 13. If this new series were to get under way, it would be a prequel to what has been revealed in the present, and would actually take place in 19th century England.
"We don't want to do 'Warehouse 12,'" Kenny said. "It will be more about H.G. Wells both in the world of artifacts and as sort of a Sherlock Holmes-type of character. Someone you go to when you are looking for an answer that can't be found."
The late 1890s is perfect, since it is the birth of modern science-fiction, Kenny said. And everything seems to be coming together so well, the cable channel already has their hand on the green light switch to get this going.
"It's really ours to fuck up," Kenny said. Syfy "handed this to us and said we want this."
By July, however, Kenny hadn't had a chance to spend too much time thinking about it. Instead, he was focused on finishing "Warehouse 13," which is running its current season right now on Syfy. The cast and crew worked extra days toward the end just to make sure everyone was free to head to San Diego for Comic-Con.
But all the episodes are in the can, including this year's holiday special, which will focus a lot on Eddie McClintock's Pete character.
"It was great fun, and this is my favorite episode," Kenny said. "We actually got underneath the short story that was the basis for 'It's a Wonderful Life.' We dug up the short story and found an artifact attached to it."
"Warehouse 13" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.
To see the complete media roundtable interview with Jack Kenny at San Diego Comic-Con, click here.
About the Author