Syfy has given a pilot order to Prototype, a sci-fi thriller drama written by Tony Basgallop (24: Live Another Day). It centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.

Oscar nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Esposados) will direct the pilot and executive produce with Basgallo and Escape Artists Productions (Southpaw). Taylor Latham (Freeheld) will be co-executive producer.

Prototype is a purely original idea from a talented writer with a unique vision,” said Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

This marks Syfy’s first pilot in a while as the network has been ordering projects straight-to-series over the past two years. The network’s most recent pilot, Incorporated, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, was just picked up to series.