EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Egan (NBC’s Kings) has been tapped as the lead in Dominion, Syfy‘s supernatural action drama pilot based on characters from the 2010 feature Legion that starred Paul Bettany. Alan Dale (Ugly Betty) and Tom Wisdom also have been cast in the project set 25 years after the events of the movie. Dominion picks up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. Set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth, the series follows the perilous journey of Alex Lannen (Egan), a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity. Dale, repped by APA and Management 360, plays Rysen, the general who led the humans to victory against the angels during the Extermination War.
Fans of the Syfy supernatural drama won’t have to wait until Haven returns for a fourth season on September 13 to learn what happened right after the explosive Season 3 finale. The Season 3 DVD set of the series will include an exclusive Haven: After The Storm mini-graphic novel. With 100,000 copies printed, the 16-page comic details the immediate aftershock of the meteor-falling season ender on the mysterious town of Haven, Maine. Among other things, that finale saw FBI agent-turned-local cop Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) and the Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) character disappear into a vanishing barn. The DVD set comes out on September 3, and the graphic novel won’t be available anywhere else. The “Thanks For The Memories” episode of the eOne- and Big Motion Pictures-produced series, based on Stephen King’s 2005 novella The Colorado Kid, aired on January 17. The upcoming Season 4 of Haven actually picks up six months after the events of Season 3 finale, so the graphic novel partially bridges the gap between cycles.
EXCLUSIVE: Syfy has given a cast-contingent pilot order to 12 Monkeys, a drama series based on the 1995 Universal Pictures/Atlas Entertainment film directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. The 60-minute pilot, produced by Universal Cable Prods and Atlas Entertainment, was written on spec by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Terra Nova). It follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race. Filming is tentatively slated to begin in November. Atlas’ Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy), who produced the feature, and Richard Suckle will executive produce, with Matalas and Fickett, repped by by ICM Partners and manager Brian Lutz, co-executive producing.
Jake Sandvig (Easy A) and Chris Diamantopoulos are set as the leads of Bryan Fuller’s Syfy pilot High Moon. It explores what happens when the countries of Earth establish colonies to mine the moon’s resources and discover a new form of life. Sandvig, repped by Innovative and Main Title, plays Marty Thurgood, an American astronaut investigated for engaging in possible espionage and sabotage when a giant blast goes off near an area where he was working. Diamantopoulos, repped by WME and Untitled, will play Marty’s older brother, a chief investigator for the American federal government who he has been dispatched to the moon to figure out who caused the moon explosion. Jim Danger Gray penned the script, with Fuller exec producing and Adam Kane directing for UCP.
Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect) and Charlie Tahan have landed regular roles on the Fox event series Wayward Pines, from M. Night Shyamalan. Based on a best-selling novel, Wayward Pines is an intense thriller about Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Dillon), who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions.
Fandango is reporting that Syfy’s Sharknado sold out midnight showtimes in three cities – New York, Boston, and Seattle – and additional showtimes were added continuously to meet fan demand. The cult phenom is playing on roughly 200 screens in movie theaters …
Regal and NCM Fathon Events will host midnight screenings of Syfy’s strangely popular Sharknado! on August 2, with the TV movie set for about 200 screens in NCM’s Digital Broadcast Network. Sharknado! premiered on Syfy on July 11, drawing …
EXCLUSIVE: Syfy has greenlighted a 90-minute pilot for Dominion, a drama based on characters from the 2010 feature Legion, which starred Paul Bettany. The feature’s director/co-writer Scott Stewart is directing the pilot, written by Vaun Wilmott (Sons Of Anarchy). Dominion is described as an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years in the future after a war between an army of angels and mankind has transformed the world. It follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity. Bold Films, which produced the movie for Screen Gems, is co-producing with Universal Cable Prods. Stewart and Bold’s Michel Litvak and David Lancaster executive produce, with Wilmott, co-executive producing.
In addition to Dominion, Syfy has narrowed the field for more pickups as I hear the network is considering both pilot and straight-to-series orders. Said to be at the top of the list are four projects, at least one of which is expected to go straight to series.
Word of mouth worked well for Syfy’s repeat of Sharknado! Thursday night — an average of 1.9 million viewers tuned in. That’s half a million more than watched the craptastic it’s-raining-sharks flick one week earlier. But it’s still not the mega-crowd you might have expected, given the social media frenzy that erupted over the flick’s premiere. Actually, to be perfectly accurate, it was the media frenzy over the social media reaction to the movie, which was on levels approaching the social media reax of Pretty Little Liars on a bad night. Except that, among those tweet was, OMG, it’s Damon Lindelof! And Greg Berlanti! And Mia Farrow!
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Anyway, just like the first time around, on Thursday viewers once again saw a tornado snatch up a mess of sharks — like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, only with sharper teeth – which made them so mad they began to attack adorable towheaded children and potential love interests of Ian Ziering. And so the weary day wore on, until Ziering decided he’d had enough, and used a chainsaw to disembowel one very big shark who spoke for all the flying sharks, and they all lived happily ever after.
Syfy has ordered a Sharknado sequel; this time flying sharks attack Manhattan. It will premiere on the network in 2014. The network is holding a Twitter contest to name the movie. Tweet your submissions to @SyfyMovies using #Sharknado. “Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm — on television. The fans are clamoring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel,” the NBCUniversal-owned network’s EVP Programming Thomas Vitale gushed in today’s announcement.
The original orgy of bad special effects and even worse acting had triggered a social media feeding frenzy among journalists and celebrities when it premiered last week. Word got out the network was mulling a sequel, but that was before Nielsen reported the movie was actually watched by average of 1.369 million people, which is nothing to dance about.
Hot on the heels of Sharknado comes Syfy‘s original movie Ghost Shark premiering August 22nd. Thomas Vitale, EVP of programming and original movies, says it was inspired by something his 7-year-old daughter said and claims there is “a logical reason” behind the ghost shark. Once again this has poorly rendered CGI characters that, …
UPDATED, 1 PM: Hours after Syfy network announced it would repeat last night’s orgy of bad special effects and even worse acting known as Sharknado in response to the social media feeding frenzy it triggered, and word got out the network was mulling a sequel, Nielsen reported the movie was actually watched by an average of 1.369 million people.
In case you were one of the 312 million or so people in the country who did not watch, Sharknado, in round numbers, went like this: the ecological nightmare caused by global warming triggers a freak weather system that results in a mega tornado choc-a-block with angry sharks who sail through the air attacking innocent children and blondes, and causing to be uttered such lines as “they took my grandfather, so I really hate sharks.” The movie culminated in a mano-a-sharko scene, in which our hero Ian Ziering was swallowed by a flying shark but, happily, he had his chainsaw with him at the time; he sawed his way out, also rescuing the distressed damsel who’d earlier been consumed whole by same shark.
“Given the enormous popular demand, Syfy will present a special encore presentation of Sharknado on Thursday, July 18 at 7PM (ET/PT),” the network announced proudly this morning before the audience numbers came in.
In one of the highlights at Syfy‘s upfront in April, the cable network announced a five-episode horror anthology series executive produced, written and directed by Jamie Foxx. The show, in which the Oscar winner also was …
EXCLUSIVE: Feature and TV director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is set to direct the opening episode of Helix, Syfy‘s upcoming series from from Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore. The project, written by Cameron Porsandeh and produced by Sony TV, is a dark thriller about a team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak. Moore, showrunner Steven Maeda and Lynda Obst executive produce and Porsandeh co-exec produces the series, with Slade set to executive produce the premiere episode. Production is slated to begin this summer in Montreal.