Syfy’s The Expanse is still months away from its December premiere, but the show’s executive producers are already hinting at more episodes to come. Such was the news this afternoon when Deadline caught up with series developers/EPS Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby for lunch, during which Ostby revealed that the staff is already at work on episodes beyond the 10 ordered for the first season.
Let’s not jump the gun – a second season hasn’t been greenlit just yet. But, as Ostby and Fergus tell it, the wealth of material, and potential material, at their disposal makes for a lot of possibilities beyond the initial run of episodes. The futuristic space thriller series making its two-night premiere December 14 and 15 (announced earlier today), is based on a series of novels by James S. A. Corey— pen name for authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. And the show’s producing/writing staff has made the unusual move of including the two authors in the writers’ room.
As Ostby put it, since the authors “put out a book a year,” there would be plenty of material to mine. That’s due also to the multimedia evolution of the concept. Ostby says that the book series was originally conceived as a board game by co-author Franck. And according to Ostby, his colleague Abraham said: “Wow, this is a world” that could be developed into a book series.”
As for the writing itself, Ostby comes from the feature film world but said he’s liking TV because in movies the writer “hands the script off every day” rather than maintaining involvement. With such multilayered characters and story lines, he added: “You couldn’t do this as a feature film,” he said. About the series, Ostby explained it will focus more on character than technology, adding that it’s about “where we’ve been and where we’re going.”