Thursday, 11 June 2015

Bradley Cooper's HYPERION adaption now a mini-series at SyFy

Four years ago, Bradley Cooper was reportedly interested in directing a movie based on Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos novels. The project disappeared into development hell and many people assumed that was that.

However, Cooper, now a much more well-known actor thanks to roles in movies such as American Sniper, has used his newfound starpower to get Hyperion back on track. The project has also - thankfully - transformed into a TV series. Itamar Moses, a writer on Boardwalk Empire, will write and produce the series with Cooper on board as executive producer (it is unclear if Cooper will also direct some episodes).

The Hyperion Cantos is set in the distant future and relates the journey of seven pilgrims to the planet Hyperion, where they must confront the enigmatic creature known as the Shrike to uncover the secrets of the "Time Tombs", which are threatening to open and trigger a devastating war.

It is unclear if this will be a one-off mini-series based on just Hyperion itself, or will include the sequel The Fall of Hyperion in some manner. Dan Simmons also wrote two further novels in the series, Endymion and The Rise of Endymion, set 275 years after the events of the first two books.


Anonymous said...

1 year ago I would not have been excited about the Syfy part... but they have really turned it around. Will be following this.

Anonymous said...

Now this is something to get hyped about. Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion are up there on the list of my all-time favourite SF novels. Can't wait.

Ghost said...

Honestly, I think that should make the TV series take place between Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion and Endymion/Rise of Endymion. Those 275 years are blank canvas for them to play with.

Anonymous said...

Really Ghost? Surely it would be better to do Hyperion first then Endymion then go to your blank canvas. That quartet has a good following, and there's your audience upfront. If those series are critically acclaimed, then the audience will follow you into the unknown. - Ian