Variety has reported that James S.A. Corey's science fiction series The Expanse will be headed for television, scripted by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Corey, the moniker for writing duo Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank, has penned three novels in the series: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate, in addition to a handful of shorter stories. Three additional novels in the series are expected in the coming years.
Fergus and Otsby will be scripting the pilot for the show, and have a wealth of experience with science fiction: together, they’ve worked on such films as Children of Men, Iron Man and Cowboys and Aliens. They will also serve as executive produces, along with Sean Faniel, Jason Brown, Andrew Koove and Broderick Johnson.
The series takes place in an inhabited solar system with political tensions between Earth, Mars and the Outer Planets. The story follows Captain James Holden and his crew as humanity comes into contact with an alien life form that has the potential to reshape the solar system.
We’re pretty excited for this. The Expanse books have a lot jammed into them, and as we’ve been reading, we’ve felt that they would adapt into television easily, with a number of in-depth characters in an ensemble cast, and with plenty of action on the ground and in space to keep the pages flying by. We’ll be tuning in for sure.