Syfy Turns James S.A. Corey's Expanse Into "Game Of Thrones In Space"

Yes, please. Syfy has given a direct-to-series order to The Expanse, a new show based on James S.A. Corey's acclaimed space-opera novels, with the first season comprising 10 episodes. And they're describing it as "Game of Thrones in space." This is everything we've wanted from Syfy for years.

We've raved about these books by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck before. But in case you missed our discussions of them, here's a synopsis of how the TV show will capture their story, via Entertainment Weekly:

A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship's captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

As we reported before, this show is being written and developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man). And there's a quote from Syfy President Dave Howe:

The Expanseis epic in scale and scope and promises to be Syfy's most ambitious series to date. Bringing this coveted book franchise to television with our partners at Alcon and the Sean Daniel Company is a giant win for Syfy, reinforcing our overall strategy to produce bold, provocative and compelling sci-fi fantasy stories.The Expansejoins a killer line-up of high-concept, high quality series, along with recently announced original projects Ascension,12 Monkeys, the renewal of Helix, and the soon to premiere Dominion

If they do this right, it really could live up to the legacy of BSG's first couple seasons. Fingers hella crossed! [EW]