SyFy to Adapt Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Childhood’s End’ Into a Miniseries

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
SyFy to Adapt Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Childhood’s End’ Into a Miniseries

A science fiction classic is making its way to the small screen, as “Childhood’s End,” written by Arthur C. Clarke will be adapted into a miniseries. Read on to learn more about this story.

According to Deadline, SyFy has given the go signal to the adaptation of renowned science fiction “Childhood’s End.”


In “Childhood’s End,” Earth has been invaded by a peaceful alien species called the “Overlords” and has been indirectly ruled under the structure of a perfect utopian society. However, this comes at a great price — humanity’s culture and identity are lost.

In a scoop from The Hollywood Reporter, SyFy’s president, Dave Howe, the miniseries is their most ambitious project to date. He also added that what is fascinating about the book is that it tackles themes such as “the price of peace” and what it means to be a human being. The novel was published in 1953 and remains a science fiction classic until today.

Renowned author Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most influential figures in science fiction. According to the biography on his official page, his works are at par with science fiction masters such as Isaac Asimov. His books, although science fiction, tackle heavy philosophical themes. He has also written “Rendezvous” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” “2001: A Space Odyssey” was turned into a film in 1968 and was directed by Stanley Kubrick.

This is in line with the network’s new agenda, as The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that this is part of their strategy to have more traditional science fiction shows. This is in line with earlier announcements that SyFy is trying to go for the more traditional science fiction and fantasy programming that it has been known for.

The series will be adapted and written by Matthew Graham (“Life on Mars,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Doctor Who,” “Eternal Law”) for Universal Cable Productions. It will be directed by Nick Hurran (“Doctor Who,” “Sherlock: His Last Vow”) and will be executive produced by Akiva Goldsman and Mike de Luca.

“Childhood’s End” is slated to premiere in 2015. It has been in development since April 2013.

There you have it for SyFy’s adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhoods’s End” into a miniseries. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about upcoming TV shows.

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