Syfy is moving forward on two new programs, recently announcing its Krypton pilot and major casting news for the series Aftermath.
The network ordered a pilot for the Superman prequel Krypton from executive producer David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy). The project is set two generations before Kal-El was shipped from his dying home planet of Krypton to become Superman on Earth. The new series will follow Superman’s grandfather as he fights to redeem the House of El’s honor and save his world.
Damian Kindler (“Sleepy Hollow,” “Sanctuary”) will serve as show runner and executive producer. Colm McCarthy (“Peaky Blinders”) is set to direct and co-executive produce the pilot. Goyer and Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time”) wrote the pilot. It is based on DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Syfy, with Halfire Entertainment and Canadian network Space, also announced the casting of James Tupper and Anne Heche for the post-apocalyptic thriller “Aftermath.”
The real-life couple will star as Joshua and Karen Copeland who, with their three teenagers, fight to survive after natural disasters have devastated earth. Mother Nature could be the least of their troubles, however, because supernatural creatures now roam the planet.
Julia Sarah Stone and Taylor Hickson play the Copeland’s twin daughters Dana and Brianna, respectively. Levi Meaden portrays their eldest son, Matt.
“Aftermath” was created by William Laurin and Glenn Davis, who also serve as show runners for the series. Currently filming in Vancouver, the 13-episode series will premiere this summer on Syfy and Space.
Jason Stone will direct the first two episodes. Leslie Hope will direct two episodes as well as guest star in the first season. Also set to direct are Stefan Pleszczinski, Kaare Andrews, April Mullen and James Marshall.
Laurin and Davis will executive produce “Aftermath” along with Julie Hope. Suzanne Berger, Connie Dolphin and Tupper will co-produce. Jason Stone is consulting producer. It is produced by Halfire Entertainment in association with Syfy and Bell Media’s Space.
Syfy continues to up its production schedule. Along with the “Krypton” pilot, the network has ordered a pilot for “Prototype,” written by Tony Basgallop (“24: Live Another Day”). Syfy is developing an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. “Hyperion,” from executive producers Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips, also is in development at the network.