Syfy is developing Frederik Pohl’s sci-fi novel Gateway, about humanity’s encounter with a mysterious, ancient alien civilization, as a one-hour scripted series with Entertainment One TV and Universal Cable Prods.

David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Josh Pate (Falling Skies) collaborated on the adaptation and will serve as executive producers. Eick will revise a pilot script written by Pate and serve as showrunner. Martha De Laurentiis will executive produce through the De Laurentiis Company, along with former eOne TV exec Michael Rosenberg, and Lorenzo De Maio. eOne TV’s Gerard Bocaccio will oversee the project for the studio.

In Gateway, humanity discovers an asteroid teeming with the long abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race — the Heechee – setting in motion a gold rush for alien artifacts and technology. The ships are pre-programmed, transporting their voyagers to distant worlds of riches — or certain death. Undaunted by the peril or the odds, prospector Robinette Broadhead gambles everything on a journey to Gateway. After one nightmare mission, he returns to extraordinary wealth and luxury, but is haunted by the loss of his crewmates, including the love of his life.

“We’re delighted to develop this fascinating First Contact story with long-time partners Universal Cable Productions and Entertainment One, said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy. Gateway is thought-provoking and unsettling, raising profound questions about mankind’s possible relationship with alien life.”

“David and Josh are masters of telling authentic, multidimensional stories set in wholly unfamiliar worlds, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them and Syfy to translate Frederik’s beloved and timeless adventure saga into an equally exhilarating television series,” said Pancho Mansfield, President of Global Scripted Programming, eOne Television.

“Gateway is a science-fiction marvel weaving a great story of humanity and love,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development at Universal Cable Productions. “We’re excited to realize Frederik Pohl’s vision and bring it to life for Syfy- the ideal home for this compelling classic.”

First published in 1977 by St. Martin’s Press, Gateway is a celebrated science fiction book that has won top writing awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and John W. Campbell Memorial Award, among others.

eOne will distribute the series worldwide. Eick and Pate are repped by WME.