You might only know Syfy as the channel that used to have Battlestar Galactica or the channel where you occasionally watch Ghost Hunters when you’re bored or is responsible for Sharknado, but big things lay ahead for the network — if they’re executed properly. They’ve already given us the acclaimed new sci-fi drama 12 Monkeys in 2015, and they’re prepping very ambitious shows like The Expanse and The Magicians. Now, they’re adding an adaptation of a sci-fi classic that comes straight from Steven Spielberg’s production company.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is producing an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World for Syfy. The novel is considered one of the great classics of the 20th century, and depicts a society full of numbing recreational drugs, rampant sex and consumerism, and humans who are grown rather than born. Like all dystopian stories, though, someone will step up to challenge the status quo.
The novel’s pedigree alone is enough to make this exciting, but Brave New World also features a reunion of producers Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey with writer Les Bohem. They all worked together back in 2002 on the Spielberg-produced alien miniseries Taken, which aired at Syfy back when it was still called Sci-Fi, and earned an Emmy Award for Best Miniseries. If lightning strikes twice for that team, we could really have something special here.
We don’t know yet when we might see Brave New World, but at least for the moment fans of classic sci-fi have to be excited that this is happening at all.