"THE ARK" FLIES TO SYFY WITH "INDEPENDENCE DAY" WRITER/PRODUCER DEAN DEVLIN AT THE HELM
Series Follows the Ark One Spacecraft and Its Surviving Crew Members After a Devastating Event Destroys Part of the Ship During Its Mission to Save Humankind
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Jan. 24, 2022 - From Dean Devlin, the writer/producer behind the epic blockbuster "Independence Day" and the feature film "Stargate," comes the new SYFY original series "The Ark." Jonathan Glassner, writer/producer of the beloved series "Stargate SG-1," will serve as co-showrunner and executive producer alongside Devlin.
Ordered straight to series for 12 episodes for SYFY in the U.S., "The Ark" will begin production in March at PFI Studios in Belgrade, Serbia, with the premiere announced at a later date. Casting will commence shortly. Devlin's Electric Entertainment International Sales division is selling all international rights.
The series takes place 100 years in the future when planetary colonization missions have begun as a necessity to help secure the survival of the human race. The first of these missions on a spacecraft known as Ark One encounters a catastrophic event causing massive destruction and loss of life. With more than a year left to go before reaching their target planet, a lack of life-sustaining supplies and loss of leadership, the remaining crew must become the best versions of themselves to stay on course and survive.
"'The Ark' is a perfect fit for SYFY audiences and we know fans will gravitate to this heart-racing story from Dean Devlin, one of the most accomplished and respected sci-fi writers working today," said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCU Entertainment and Streaming. "With the recent success of both 'Resident Alien' and 'Chucky,' the network is home to several of the most creative storytellers working in all of television."
"I'm so excited to have the opportunity to partner with SYFY again and can't think of a better collaborator than Jonathan Glassner to bring this series to life," Devlin said.
SYFY, one of the top 10 highest-reaching cable entertainment networks across all key demos, is home to two of the top three new cable series in 2021 in 18-49 with "Resident Alien" and "Chucky."
Dean Devlin and Jonathan Glassner will executive produce alongside Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson of Electric Entertainment. Jonathan English of Balkanic Media will also produce.
ABOUT ELECTRIC ENTERTAINMENT
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Electric Entertainment is an independent studio headed by veteran producer Dean Devlin along with his partners Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson. Electric Entertainment also houses Electric Post, a state-of-the-art digital effects and post production facility. Electric Entertainment's International Division is headed by Sonia Mehandjiyska. Electric also has a satellite office located in Vancouver, Canada.
Among Electric's hit television series are "The Librarians" and "Leverage," which ran for four and five seasons respectively on TNT, "The Outpost" which premiered its 4th season on The CW in 2021, and "Almost Paradise," which is currently streaming on IMDb TV after having premiered on WGN America. Electric's spin-off continuation of "Leverage," "Leverage: Redemption," is currently streaming in the U.S. and the U.K. on Amazon's IMDb TV, as one of the platforms first original programs. It was recently renewed for a second season.
Electric's Feature Films have included "Bad Samaritan" starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan, the award-winning film "Say My Name" starring Lisa Brenner and Nick Blood, and the critically acclaimed documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" Electric also acquires, distributes and sells worldwide rights to Electric's produced and acquired content, as well as theatrical films from around the world, including "Blood On The Crown," starring Harvey Keitel and Malcolm McDowell, "Heavy," starring Sophie Turner and Daniel Zovatto, Rob Reiner's historical biopic "LBJ," starring Woody Harrelson, and "Book Of Love," starring Jessica Biel and Jason Sudeikis. The company's domestic distribution division, headed by Steve Saltman, is a full-service operation serving all significant outlets with various rights to films and series including: TVOD, EST, AVOD, SVOD, PTV, Linear Basic Cable and Broadcast.