via press release:
SYFY AND ALCON TV ANNOUNCE AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR TERRY MCDONOUGH WILL DIRECT PILOT OF THE EXPANSE, NEW 10-EPISODE SPACE OPERA
THOMAS JANE TO STAR
BASED ON THE INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER, THE EXPANSE WILL PREMIERE ON SYFY IN 2015
NEW YORK – July 14, 2014 – Syfy and Alcon TV today announced that award-winning director Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad, Suits, Better Call Saul) will direct the pilot of The Expanse, the new 10-episode space opera based on the international best-selling book series, which will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
McDonough won a BAFTA award for directing the acclaimed UK series The Street, and has worked on such notable shows as the Emmy-winning Breaking Bad, Eleventh Hour, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, An Adventure In Space And Time, Wire in the Blood, The Red Road and Suits. He most recently directed episodes of AMC’s new 1980s drama Halt and Catch Fire and NBC’s adventure drama Crossbones, starring John Malkovich. McDonough recently wrapped filming episodes of AMC’s upcoming show Better Call Saul, the spinoff to Breaking Bad.
Syfy recently announced that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane (Hung, The Punisher) will star in The Expanse as the world-weary Detective Miller.
In making the announcement, Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy, said: “Terry McDonough has consistently done excellent work on many of the best dramas on the air today. We are thrilled that he will be bringing Mark and Hawk’s incredible script to life.”
Said Sharon Hall, President, Alcon Television: “Terry’s work encompasses the perfect combination of character, humor and texture. We are delighted he will be bringing these qualities to The Expanse.”
The creative team of Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Iron Man) wrote the pilot and will continue to serve as writers as well as executive producers. Fergus and Ostby are showrunners alongside fellow executive producer Naren Shankar (CSI, Farscape).
The Expanse is produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order.
Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will serve as executive producers with Hall. Alcon Television executive Ben Roberts will serve as co-producer. Ben Cook will serve as producer. Sean Daniel (Graceland, The Mummy) and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company developed the original pitch, with Fergus and Ostby, and will also executive produce.
Developed with the Sean Daniel Company as a direct-to-series project, Alcon is financing and executive producing the hour-long, 10 episode series, based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). Abraham and Franck will be show producers.
The multi-installment, best-selling book series is published in 17 countries, including China, France, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Book one in the series, “Leviathan Wakes,” was nominated for a Hugo Award as well as a Locus Award, while the second novel, “Caliban’s War” was nominated for a Locus Award.
McDonough is represented by CAA, Michael McCoy of Independent Talent (in the U.K.), and Todd Rubenstein of Barnes Morris.