As we scooped last night, Syfy has greenlighted Childhood’s End, a six-hour miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic to premiere in 2015. Akiva Goldsman and Mike De Luca executive produce the mini, written by Matthew Graham, creator of BBC’s Life On Mars and to be directed by Nick Hurran, a 2014 Emmy nominee for Sherlock: His Last Vow. Universal Cable Prods. is the studio.
Praised since it was published in 1953, Childhood’s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. “The powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless,” said Syfy president Dave Howe, calling the mini “the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.”
Additional behind the scene credits include 2014 Emmy winners Neville Kidd (director of photography) and Yan Miles (editor), both winning for their work in Sherlock: His Last Vow.