PREVIOUS, April 21, 12 PM: David S. Goyer’s long-gestating Superman prequel Krypton is a go at Syfy. The cable network, which has been developing the project for more than a year-and-a-half, is finalizing a deal for a pilot order. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) has come on board as executive producer/showrunner, while Peaky Blinders helmer Colm McCarthy has been set to direct the pilot for Warner Horizon TV.
Goyer and Kindler are doing rewrites on the original pilot teleplay by Goyer & Ian Goldberg which was based on a story Goyer and Goldberg had penned together.
Based on DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. It follows Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. The project is being done via a special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.
Goyer, who is executive producing Krypton through his Phantom Four banner, is Warner Bros.’ go-to writer for their Batman and Superman feature franchises, most recently co-penning Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. He also executive produces Sundance smash The Birth Of A Nation.
Warner Bros. TV previously launched a successful Superman prequel with the long-running WB/CW series Smallville.
Kindler is coming off a three-season tenure on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow where he most recently served as executive producer. This marks his return to Syfy where he created Sanctuary and worked on Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate SG-1. He is repped by WME, New Wave, and Adam Kaller on Tom Hoberman.
Goyer is repped by WME. McCarthy, who recently wrapped production on The Girl With All The Gifts starring Glenn Close, is repped by WME, the UK’s Independent and Michael Schenkman.