With Stargate gone and Battlestar Galactica long dead, there's been a dreadful absence of space opera on our screens lately. Thank goodness Syfy is stepping into the gap, launching a whole new spacefaring series. Even better news? The series is being crafted by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Andromeda producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe. Here's everything we know.
According to the The Hollywood Reporter Syfy has three new dramas on the development slate.
The first is an adaption of Oni Press' Cold War-inspired supernatural series, Ghost Projekt (pictured above). The comic follows a female KGB agent and her American weapons inspector who team up to fights ghosts in Siberia. Supernatural's Brett Matthews is the writer and executive producer on the project, so it seems to be in good hands. (Matthews also worked on Buffy and Angel, and wrote one episode of Firefly as well as some tie-in comics.) Projekt actually sounds like a lot of fun — here's the official run-down from the comic:
Russia is often remembered from the shadow cast during the Cold War-era when every stranger was a spy, but now that the Cold War is long over, some things left behind from that era may not stay lost. An abandoned Soviet research facility somewhere in Siberia has been home to a strange and dangerous weapon that is now in the hands of thieves claiming it for their own. U.S. weapons inspector Will Haley has been assigned to find out what dangers the weapon poses and with the help of Russian agent Anya Romanova they will find the answers, but it will be far from easy.
Next up is the cleverly titled show Seeing Things. Channeling a little bit of Patrick Swayze's Ghost, this show follows a murdered cop who is stuck on Earth until he solves his own murder. His only link to the real world is a "socially awkward" man, who is just now realizing that all the crazy things he's seen in his life are actually dead people. Person of Interest's David Slack is producing and writing the script with Gabrielle Stanton from Haven.
Last, and certainly not least, is the Space Opera which is right now going by the name of, Untitled Robert H. Wolfe Project. Very little is known about this series, and all THR is reporting is that the show is, "set in a postwar era in which a newly formed Unity Democracy orders a volatile mix of humans and trans-humans to lead the Starship Defender on an expedition in search of lost worlds requiring law and order." So it's a show set from the POV of a crew from a government such as the Alliance? Perhaps? That could be pretty exciting.
Short, glib answer: I'll let you know if I ever pull it off... More serious [answer]: A vertically integrated studio & network willing to spend a lot of money 4 a potential long-term goldmine. Plus an original concept, a unique vision, a sense of fun, a compelling cast, etc. All the usual ingredients.