Syfy Greenlights 'High Moon' Pilot Based on Best-Selling John Christopher Novel
Syfy is greenlighting Reunion Pictures' new series pilot High Moon, an adaptation of John Christopher's best-selling novel The Lotus Caves, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Reunion Pictures is producing the 90-minute pilot which is expected to begin production in Vancouver this fall.
The Halmi Company, headed by legendary producer Robert Halmi Sr., will distribute the project worldwide outside of Canada. His previous projects for Syfy include such high profile television event productions as Tin Man, Alice and Neverland.
Executive Producers for Reunion Pictures are Matthew O'Connor, Lisa Richardson and Tom Rowe. Robert Halmi Sr., Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies) will also serve as executive producers. The pilot is written by Gray from a story by Fuller and Gray.
High Moon creates a future where the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the Moon's resources. When a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts as various factions race to uncover and exploit its powerful secrets.
Said Stern: "Bryan and Jim have brought John Christopher's book to life in an incredibly vivid and imaginative way. This is a fresh and compelling vision of an exotic new world driven by character, intrigue and greed."
Reunion Pictures (www.reunionpictures.ca) is a Canadian-based company that develops and finances high quality television and multi-platform properties. Launched in 2004 with the partners' experience of having collectively produced over a billion dollars worth of award-winning filmed entertainment, Reunion Pictures has received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and has won Genies and Gemini's as well as the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Television, and produced a #1 US network mini-series (10.5), and three #1 cable mini-series (Alice, Tin Man and Earthsea, all with RHI Entertainment for Syfy). Currently Reunion Pictures is in production on its first season of Continuum, a sci-fi police procedural for Shaw Media.
The Halmi Company is a television production and distribution company based in New York specializing in high quality drama. It is headed up by legendary film producer Robert Halmi Sr. Halmi has produced nearly 200 television films, miniseries and motion pictures, including five-time Emmy(R) Award-winning The Josephine Baker Story. His other "event" productions include Gypsy (Bette Midler), Arabian Nights (John Leguizamo), Cleopatra (Billy Zane, Timothy Dalton), Dinotopia, Dreamkeeper (August Schellenberg), Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment (Ben Kingsley, Patrick Dempsey), Don Quixote (John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Vanessa Williams, Isabella Rossellini), In Cold Blood (Anthony Edwards, Eric Roberts), Merlin (Sam Neill, Isabella Rossellini, Martin Short, Miranda Richardson), Moby Dick (Patrick Stewart, Gregory Peck), Noah's Ark (Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen), The Odyssey (Armand Assante, Greta Scaachi), and Gulliver's Travels (Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen), another winner of five Emmy(R) Awards. Most recent projects include the four-hour miniseries, Neverland, a prequel to Peter Pan starring Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Charlie Rowe, Bob Hoskins and the voice of Keira Knightley, for Sky Movies HD and Syfy; and the miniseries, Treasure Island, starring Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland, for Sky One and Syfy.