As was briefly reported in a recent Slice of SciFi News Brief, the SCI FI Channel has signed up actress/writer Rosario Dawson (“Sin City”) to develop “True Believer,” the pilot for a proposed series based on a comicbook she co-created. This was just one of many highlights from the cable channel’s upfront presentation Tuesday night at New York City’s Morgan Library delivered by David Howe, president of the network. “True Believer” focuses on a comicbook nerd who hires a down on his luck superhero, with the duo pairing up to become crime fighters.
Also only mentioned by name in Slice of SciFi’s scoop story was the cabler’s development of a scripted pilot called “The Stranded,” the first project of a joint venture created last year by SCI FI and Virgin Comics to put together comicbooks with TV potential. Scribe Mike Carey of “X-Men” and “Ultimate Fantastic Four,” “Faker,” “Crossing Midnight” and “The Re-gifters” fame has been tapped to write the series. “The Stranded” will center on five ordinary people living on Earth who are really aliens from a world called Standfire. Their past has caught up with them and now their lives are in great danger and they’re stranded and alone on planet Earth.
Howe did give a timetable for the “Battlestar Galactica” prequel shoot date of “Caprica.” Production for this highly anticipated new series that will continue the BSG sage begins in just a few weeks in Vancouver, Canada.
Howe reiterated his first prouncement since becoming the new network boss, taking the reins from Bonnie Hammer, that SCI FI’s goal is to keep its momentum going through a calibrated mix of scripted original series, first-run reality series, commissioned low-budget movies, reruns of successful conventional network series such as “Lost” and “Jericho,” as well as theatrical movies and the occasional miniseries.
On the reality TV front SCI FI has hired “30 Rock” comedian Tracy Morgan to be the new host of its returning stunt-reality series “Scare Tactics.”
Some other projects under consideration are a new dramedy titled “Deputized,” about an Everyman who accidentally gets special powers that he uses as a member of an intergalactic police force. Writer-director Nick Willing and his exec producers Robert Halmi Sr. and Jr., the team behind SCI FI’s runaway-hit miniseries “Tin Man,” based loosely on “Wizard of Oz,” have agreed to tackle Alice in Wonderland next as the source of another potential miniseries tentatively titled “Alice.”