SyFy to Bring The Test to TV

SyFy has announced that they intend to augment their current lineup with an adaptation of Top Cow comic book The Test. Written by Matt Hawkins and Joshua Hale Fialkov, illustrated by Rashan Ekedal, the following press release covers most of the particulars of its TV show counterpart, which will apparently be entitled No Place.

Syfy is joining creative forces with Fox Television Studios, Academy Award(C)-winning director/producer Robert Zemeckis, producers Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine, and feature film writing team John Brancato and Michael Ferris (Terminator Salvation, The Game) to develop the series project No Place, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Zemeckis and Rapke are executive producers along with Brancato and Ferris who will write the pilot.
Circle of Confusion will also produce the project with David Alpert (The Walking Dead) and Rick Jacobs as executive producers. Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri serve as executive producers for Top Cow.
In No Place, residents of a high-tech gated community awaken one morning to find themselves alone and cut off from the rest of reality – nothing exists beyond the community’s walls. Only one man has contact with the powers responsible for what is known as “The Rift,” and he must lead his fellow residents beyond the void to discover the truth.
“We are very excited to be in business with this amazing A-list team,” said Stern. “We look forward to them bringing their high-quality feature-level sensibility to this taut sci-fi drama.”

In our own words, Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Flight) joins the ever-increasing number of high-profile directors choosing to enter into TV as showrunners of high concept projects, such as Frank Darabont on The Walking Dead – in this case, the project being something between Lost and Stephen King‘s Under the Dome. While this is no guarantee of eventual quality, having Zemeckis behind it suggests that No Place won’t, at least, be an irredeemable waste of time.

More thoughts on this project, sanguine or otherwise, as soon as there’s more to say.

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