A new space drama is in the works at SYFY. The network has approved a twelve-episode order for The Ark, a series created by Independence Day and Stargate feature film writer (and Stargate: Atlantis, and Stargate SG-1, and Stargate: Infinity, and Stargate Universe writer) Dean Devlin and Stargate SG-1 (pictured above) writer and producer Jonathan Glassner.
Curious what The Ark will be about? Here’s the official description of the show:
Set 100 years in the future when planetary colonization missions have begun as a necessity to help secure the survival of the human race. The first of these missions on a spacecraft known as Ark One encounters a catastrophic event causing massive destruction and loss of life. With more than a year left to go before reaching their target planet, a lack of life-sustaining supplies and loss of leadership, the remaining crew must become the best versions of themselves to stay on course and survive.
Sounds like a story where things don’t turn out so well on a generation ship! The show has yet to undergo casting decisions, though they better start casting soon since the series is set to start production in March in Belgrade, Serbia.
This isn’t the first time Glassner and Devlin have worked together. In addition to both writing on Stargate SG-1, the two also worked together on the fantasy-adventure drama show, The Outpost, which had a four season run on The CW. Given the duo’s background, I’m optimistic they’ll be able to keep things exciting on a sci-fi show presumably confined to a large spaceship (at least for the beginning episodes, based on the description). When we’ll get to see the show remains unknown, however, as there’s no news yet on when it will premiere on SYFY.