Forget the Kardashians, it’s time to keep up with the Kryptonians.
After lots of anticipation and hoping, Syfy announced on Monday, May 9, it had greenlit to pilot “KRYPTON”, a Superman prequel set two generations before the destruction of Kara Zor-El’s and the Man of Steel’s home planet.
Based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC Comics, “KRYPTON” will follow Superman’s grandfather as he fights for the honor and redemption of the House of El and save his world from chaos.
Taking the reigns as executive producer is David S. Goyer, a veteran of the DC Comic world, known for his work on “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Dark Knight” trilogy. Goyer is joined in rank by Damian Kindler (“Sleepy Hollow”) and Colm McCarthy (“She Who Brings Gifts,” “Peaky Blinders”). McCarthy is also set to direct the pilot.
The pilot teleplay and story is written by Goyer & Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”). “KRYPTON” will be produced by Warner Horizon Television.
“KRYPTON is one of the most iconic stories in the comic book universe,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “In the talented hands of David S. Goyer and the DC Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television team, this exciting Syfy project will take viewers back to Superman’s home to show how the timeless legend began.”
KRYPTON is just the latest of Syfy’s newest orders, coming on the heels of the pilot greenlight for PROTOTYPE, currently in production, written by Tony Basgallop (“24: Live Another Day”). Additional high-profile scripted projects in development at Syfy include an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s classic novel “Brave New World” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and HYPERION, with executive producers Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips.
In 2016, Syfy’s powerhouse lineup includes “Hunters”, the second season of “12 Monkeys,” and critically-acclaimed first seasons of “The Expanse” and “The Magicians”, both of which have been renewed for second seasons in 2017.