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RED MARS (SPIKE TV)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
4/1/03 - 12/8/15
STATUS:
currently in development (2016-2017 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to series
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
10 episodes
DESCRIPTION:
(from Spike TV's press release, December 2015) Spike is bringing Kim Stanley Robinson's award-winning "Mars Trilogy" to television with Skydance Television serving as the studio on the original one-hour scripted series, titled "Red Mars." The books, "Red Mars," "Green Mars," and "Blue Mars," chronicles mankind's colonization and transformation of the red planet, have been adapted in 21 languages and are regarded as the best novels ever written on the subject. "Red Mars" will be Executive Produced and written by J. Michael Straczynski whose works include "Sense8," "Babylon Five" and "Changeling." The straight-to-series project will be Executive Produced by Emmy(R)-Award winner Vince Gerardis ("Game of Thrones, "Flash Forward") who brought the project to Spike and has shepherded development, along with Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross (Skydance's 2015 feature films are "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" and "Terminator Genisys" and current television series include "Grace and Frankie" and "Manhattan"). "The Mars Trilogy" won several awards including the prestigious Nebula(R) and Hugo(R) Awards. Robinson, a New York Times best-selling author, will consult on the series. "I look forward to being a part of bringing my long time client's literary achievement to the screen," said Gerardis. "Its themes are important to the future we are creating." Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of "Red Mars," the most ambitious project in network history. Spike's first scripted original dramatic series in nine years will go into production next summer and will debut on Spike in January 2017. This past July, Spike premiered "Tut," its first original scripted miniseries in almost a decade to strong ratings, averaging 2.2 million viewers over three nights.
CREW INFORMATION:
· Dana Goldberg as EP
· David Ellison as EP
· J. Michael Straczynski as CRTR/EP
· Kim Stanley Robinson as BOOK/CONS
· Marcy Ross as EP
· Vince Gerardis as EP
· Vlad Wolynetz as CO-EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Skydance Television