SYFY ANNOUNCES MAJOR ADDITIONS TO ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING SLATE,
GREENLIGHTS TO SERIES SUPERMAN PREQUEL 'KRYPTON'
AND 'HAPPY!' STARRING CHRISTOPHER MELONI
NETWORK TO DEVELOP GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S 'NIGHTFLYERS'
WITH UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11, 2017 - As SYFY unveils an all-new look and feel set to debut June 19, the network today announced three additions to its powerhouse slate of original programming, including series pickups for highly anticipated Superman prequel KRYPTON and HAPPY!, a graphic novel adaptation starring Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"). Additionally, SYFY and Universal Cable Productions announced a new development project based on author George R.R. Martin's novella NIGHTFLYERS.
"SYFY is partnering with the biggest names in the business to tell the boldest stories in the sci-fi world, and I can't think of any bigger and bolder than KRYPTON, HAPPY! and NIGHTFLYERS," said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel's home planet, KRYPTON follows Superman's grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, "The Halcyon") - whose House of El was ostracized and shamed - as he fights to redeem his family's honor and save his beloved world from chaos. Based on DC characters, KRYPTON is from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer ("Man of Steel," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "The Dark Knight" trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler ("Sleepy Hollow") will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
In addition to Cuffe, KRYPTON stars Georgina Campbell ("Broadchurch"), Elliot Cowan ("Da Vinci's Demons"), Ann Ogbomo ("World War Z"), Rasmus Hardiker ("Your Highness"), Wallis Day ("Will"), Aaron Pierre ("Tennison") with Ian McElhinney ("Game of Thrones").
The pilot teleplay was written by Goyer and Kindler, from a story by Ian Goldberg ("Once Upon a Time," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") & Goyer, with Colm McCarthy ("She Who Brings Gifts," "Peaky Blinders") serving as director and co-executive producer. KRYPTON is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC.
Universal Cable Productions' HAPPY! is based on New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson's graphic novel of the same name. The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni, "Law & Order: SVU") - an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man - who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named "Happy" (Bobby Moynihan, "Saturday Night Live").
Executive producers Grant Morrison ("Batman," "The Invisibles") and Brian Taylor ("Crank," "Gamer") co-wrote the pilot teleplay. Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film ("The Fast and the Furious" franchise), Meloni and showrunner Patrick Macmanus will also executive produce. Taylor directed the pilot.
SYFY and Universal Cable Productions are developing a supernatural thriller based on author George R.R. Martin's ("Game of Thrones") epic novel NIGHTFLYERS. Set in the future on the eve of Earth's destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship's artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.
NIGHTFLYERS is being developed with executive producers Gene Klein ("Suits"), David Bartis ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith") and Doug Liman ("Suits") of Hypnotic; Alison Rosenzweig ("Jacob's Ladder," "Windtalkers") and Michael Gaeta ("Jacob's Ladder") of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions and Jeff Buhler ("Jacob's Ladder"), who will write the adaptation. Robert Jaffe ("Nightflyers (1987)") will produce.
NIGHTFLYERS joins previously announced high-profile projects in development at SYFY including BRAVE NEW WORLD, a scripted series based on one of the most influential genre novels of all time, with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television; HYPERION, based on Dan Simmons' Hugo Award-winning bestselling novel, which is being developed with Oscar(R)-nominated producer Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper"), Oscar-winning producer Graham King ("The Departed," "Argo") and Todd Phillips ("The Hangover," "Old School"); and STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND, based on the groundbreaking science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. BRAVE NEW WORLD and HYPERION are from Universal Cable Productions, while STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND is a co-production between Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions.
KRYPTON and HAPPY! will join a rich 2017-18 lineup of original scripted series on SYFY, including sci-fi drama THE EXPANSE and fantasy series THE MAGICIANS, both greenlit for third seasons for 2018; time travel thriller 12 MONKEYS, greenlit for third and fourth seasons for 2017 and 2018; KILLJOYS, which returns for its third season in Summer 2017; and the CHANNEL ZERO horror anthology, which will return in October 2017 for its second installment.
SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. The brand is powered by SYFY Wire (www.syfywire.com), the premier portal for breaking genre news, insight and commentary. SYFY is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP's programming can be seen across various networks including the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama "Mr. Robot," "Colony," "Falling Water," "Playing House," "Shooter," "The Sinner" and "Suits" on USA Network; "12 Monkeys," "Killjoys" and "The Magicians" on Syfy; "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce" and "Imposters" on Bravo; "The Arrangement" and "The Royals" on E!; "Difficult People" on Hulu; and "HarmonQuest" on Seeso. UCP's content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning "Monk" as well as "Psych" and "Battlestar Galactica." Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.
About Warner Horizon Scripted Television
A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry's leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include Animal Kingdom and Claws for TNT, People of Earth for TBS, Pretty Little Liars and Famous in Love for Freeform, Longmire and Fuller House for Netflix, Queen Sugar for OWN, American Woman for the Paramount Network, You for Lifetime and Krypton for SYFY.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.