While watching a film like Sharktopus, have you ever wished that you were experiencing the film on a much larger screen? If so, Universal and SyFy have a deal for you. The companies are teaming up to great a genre label called (wait for it) Syfy Films, which will “develop Syfy branded content for the bigscreen.”
The goal is to make one or two “sci-fi, fantasy or horror pics annually” from 2012 on, with Universal distributing to theaters. No one is currently in place to run the day to day aspects of the company, but Syfy programming head Mark Stern will oversee the company. At this point we don’t know exactly what sort of films will be the result of this deal, but expect something a bit less blatantly ridiculous than some of the typical original SyFy films like Sharktopus. Think along the lines of Skyline instead. That may not inspire much interest; I think I’d rather have a couple Asylum-style animal/monster mashups on a bigger budget. [Variety]
Even though legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury is ready to say “To hell with the Internet!”, it appears he’s willing to give television a bit more leeway. The author has signed on to develop a six-hour miniseries which will feature six of his short stories, each by a different director. The adapted stories aren’t known yet since each director will get to choose their favorite. The project is currently being shopped around to different networks—though if SyFy doesn’t snap this up, ima have to choke an Ewok.
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It’s going to take me a while to get used to SyFy, the terrible new name for the SciFi Channel, but while I’m wrangling with that very small adjustment the heads of the network are up to a bigger task: looking for the replacement for Battlestar Galactica and Farscape. Quite a task, since Farscape was the core geek magnet, while Battlestar broke out into the mainstream. The network wants another large-scale ‘space opera’ to anchor its lineup, basically one science fiction ring to rule them all, and (thankfully) doesn’t see Caprica as the thing. io9 talked to Mark Stern, creative director of original programming at SyFy, to get some insight. Read More »