Syfy announces that Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End will be a 2015 miniseries on the network.
One of the most influential books in science fiction is finally getting produced for a television mini-series. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke, will become a six-hour miniseries on Syfy in 2015.
Dave Howe, President, Syfy, said: “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. 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.”
Childhood’s End will be adapted by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes). Nick Hurran will direct. Doctor Who fans know Hurran as the director of several episodes of that series, including The Day of the Doctor, the series’ 50th anniversary special.
Childhood’s End was originally published in 1953 and follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by a group called the “Overlords.” Although the alien rule results in utopia, humans lose their identities and cultures.