Actor Eric Balfour (24, Haven) has teamed with Fargo producer Warren Littlefield for These Broken Stars, a TV series based on Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s best-selling novel that launched the Starbound science-fiction trilogy.
The space romance, which I hear is being eyed for development by Freeform in the US and Sky TV in the UK, hails from MGM TV, which also produces Fargo and Handmaid’s Tale with Littlefield. Continuum creator/showrunner Simon Barry will write the adaptation.
It is unclear yet whether Balfour would act in the project, which he is executive producing with his producing partner Stephanie Varella, Littlefield, Ann Johnson and Martin Berneman, who originally discovered the material and acquired the rights to the novels.
In These Broken Stars, a massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux — the daughter of the richest man in the universe — and Tarver Merendsen — a young war hero who comes from nothing — are the only survivors and must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
Kaufman and Spooner’s These Broken Stars was published by Freeform sibling Disney-Hyperion in December 2013. The second book in the trilogy, This Shattered World, came out in December 2014, and the third, Their Fractured Light, in December 2015.
Balfour next is directing and starring in his first feature film, The Flesh, which begins production next month in Austin. The film, which takes a new twist on the classic vampire story in a world where only women can become vampires, is produced by Scott Dolezal for Smokehammer Media and Greg Strause of Hydraulx. Balfour is repped by APA, More/Medavoy Management and attorney Michael Adler.