The US Syfy channel has given the green light to three new, very diverse pilots: a TV version of the cult 2013 SF movie The Machine; a supernatural drama called The Haunted; and an adaptation of the Grant Morrison graphic novel Happy! [via Deadline]
The Machine is based on the film (pic above) that starred Arrow and Legends Of Tomorrow star Caity Lotz as a perfect android killing machine who becomes sentient. The TV series (if the pilot is successful) will explore the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters – each of whom holds the key to humanity’s victory or its destruction. The Machine film director Caradog James is executive producer.
The Haunted concerns four siblings who reunite following their parents’ deaths who must also face literal ghosts from their past in order to survive. Noga Landau (The Magicians) has written the pilot and is also a co-executive producer. Author James Frey is among the executive producers.
Happy! follows Nick Sax – an intoxicated, corrupt cop-turned-hit man — adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit goes wrong, his life is changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue-winged horse. Morrison and Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer) will write and executive produce. Taylor will also direct the pilot. The comic series was originally published in 2012-13.
Syfy appears to be returning to the pilot model after a couple of years of ordering shows straight to series (which hasn’t actually turned out too badly with shows like The Expanse, so this can hardly be a panic move). A pilot for Krypton is also in development for the network, which also decided to pass on a show called Prototype earlier in the year after a pilot was produced. All three of these new shows could go to series but it’s more likely only one or two will.