Stranger In A Strange Land television series in development at Syfy
Stories about Mars are gaining some attention of late, and now a TV series adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s seminal science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land is being developed, with plans for the series to air on Syfy. The story follows Valentine Michael Smith, a human being raised on Mars, newly returned to Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while teaching them his own fundamental beliefs in grokking, watersharing, and love. Cast, directors, scriptwriters and a projected air date have yet to be announced.
Paramount Television in partnership with Universal Cable Productions (UCP), a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, recently announced plans to develop Robert Heinlein’s popular 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land as a TV series for Syfy. Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment, Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions, and Joe Vecchio of Vecchio Entertainment will serve as executive producers. Mythology’s Julia Gunn will serve as co-executive producer.
Considered a staple in many science fiction fans’ libraries, Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars and raised by Martians. The novel explores his interaction with—and eventual transformation of—terrestrial culture. It predicted many of the movements and messages of the 1960’s – from free love and hippie communes, to organized attempts at world peace.
“Paramount TV is excited to have the opportunity to adapt Robert Heinlein’s seminal work of science fiction,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV. “This novel has resonated with me since college and there’s a reason it has continued to find new fans for over forty years. Syfy’s understanding of imaginative and futuristic programming is unmatched, making them an ideal partner for this series.”
“From my point of view, Stranger in a Strange Land isn’t just a science fiction masterpiece…it also happens to be one of my favorite books ever!” said NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman, Bonnie Hammer. “The story is timeless and resonates more than ever in today’s world. As a fan, I can’t wait to see it come to life as a world-class television event.”
This marks the third co-production between Universal Cable Productions and Paramount Television, following USA Network’s Shooter and Spike TV Network’s Pendergast.
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