Syfy has given series orders to two comic book-based shows – the “Superman” prequel series “Krypton” and gritty noir title “Happy!” with both shows getting full season pick ups.
“Krypton” will follow Superman’s grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) – whose House of El was ostracized and shamed – as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.
At the same time he has a forbidden affair with Lyta Zod (Georgina Campbell). “Man of Steel” scribe David S. Goyer will executive produce the series and co-wrote the pilot.
Based on the Grant Morrison Image Comics title, “Happy!” stars Christopher Meloni as Nick Sax, a corrupt alcoholoic ex-cop turned hit-man who is adrift in a twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema and betrayal.
With a hit gone wrong, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas by a tiny blue and eternally optimistic horse called Happy that only he can see.
Morrison and “Crank” co-director Brian Taylor will executive produce and Patrick Macmanus will serve as showrunner.
Syfy has also confirmed plans for a series adaptation of “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin’s 1980 novella “Nightflyers”. In the project a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to Earth’s survival.
As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space. Jeff Buhler (“The Midnight Meat Train”) will write and executive produce the series in which Martin has no involvement.