Finally, someone's recognized that Robinson's Mars Trilogy is perfect fodder for a television adaptation. Spike TV is developing a series with Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis, who has some experience taking epic words and putting them on the small screen.
Taking a page from Game of Thrones, the series will likewise take its name from the first book in the series: Red Mars. And, as also increasingly common these days, the show will have Robinson, the book author, as a consultant.
Spike TV's executive vice president, original series Sharon Levy said of the project:
This series shines a light onto many views of what it means to be human — and asks if can we sustain our humanity under incredible duress. We are thrilled to partner with such an accomplished producer as Vince Gerardis to tell this incredible and thought-provoking story.
That jives exactly with how we feel about the Mars Trilogy. Just earlier this year, we put this series on a list of book series that would make excellent TV shows, so we're justifiably excited to see the books' questions about the ethics of terraforming, managing resources, and the best form of government. Fingers crossed this gets to us soon.