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Syfy greenlights 'Childhood's End' for miniseries

Syfy will produce a six part miniseries based on the novel "Childhood's End."
Syfy will produce a six part miniseries based on the novel "Childhood's End."Syfy

Syfy will continue its legacy of bringing original science fiction and fantasy to TV with its latest scripted project, a six-part miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel, Childhood’s End. The network announced today it had greenlighted the project via a press release.

Nick Hurran, who was nominated for a 2014 Emmy as director of "Sherlock: His Last Vow," will direct. He's also been nominated for a Hugo Award for "Dr. Who." Akiva Goldsman ("Lone Survivor", "A Beautiful Mind", "I Am Legend") and Mike De Luca ("Captain Philips", "Moneyball", "The Social Network") are attached as executive producers. Matthew Graham ("Life on Mars, "Ashes to Ashes") will adapt the novel for the small screen.

"As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present," said Dave Howe, President, Syfy "The powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years."

Hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction since its publication in 1953, Childhood’s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious "Overlords," whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.

Emmy winners Neville Kidd and Yan Miles will serve as director of photography and editor, respectively. Both received 2014 Emmys for their work on "Sherlock: His Last Vow."