Clooney, Sci Fi Celebrate 'The Diamond Age'
Burnett and Star also develop for Sci Fi
During its Television Critic's Association press tour panel, Sci Fi announced an ambitious development slate that also includes productions from familiar names Darren Star ("Sex and the City") and Mark Burnett ("Survivor").
"Sci Fi originals continue to push the boundaries of imagination to help us envision and explore a reality and a future far beyond the scope of our experience," says Mark Stern, the cable network's executive vice president of original programming. "From provocative screen adaptations of science fiction bestsellers to futurist action thrillers and off-beat, Earth-based human dramas, Sci Fi offers an inventive range of originals that reflect the genre's ever-broadening appeal."
Stephenson will adapt "The Diamond Age" for Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Productions. The book, set in a neo-Victorian futuristic society involves an underprivileged young lady who gets her hands of a technologically advanced book intended only for the children of the upper classes.
Burnett is getting behind "Avery House," a two-hour drama pilot about a family who moves into a large Victorian estate in a sleepy New England town and soon realizes that their seemingly perfect new home has some perplexing and magical powers. Dava Savel is writing the pilot, an NBC Universal Television production.
Star and Mike Werb ("Face/Off") are producing an untitled 90-minute drama about a quartet of convicts who receive technologically advanced bodies and are put to work by the US government tracking down threats from science run amuck.
Also moving forward are "Revolution," a two-hour space colony pilot from Ed Redlich ("Shark") and John Belluci, the quirky two-hour pilot "Middletown" from Coke Sams and Matt Lindahl, the two-hour slacker superhero dramedy "Johnny Midnight" and half-hour comedy "Starcrossed" about life behind the scenes on a sci-fi space soap.
The cable network is also working on the unscripted series "Witch School," which looks at Ed Hubbard's Witch School located in Hoopeston, Illinois.