Spike To Produce TV Series Based On Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars Series


US network Spike TV has given the green light Red Mars, a new hard SF series based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s best-selling Mars trilogy about the colonisation and terraforming of Mars. By-passing the pilot process, the network has commissioned a 10-episode series which will begin airing in January 2017. It will be Spike TV’s first drama series in a decade.

The series is named after the first book in the trilogy published on 1993. It was followed by Green Mars (1992) and Blue Mars (1996), and there was also a short story collection called The Martians in 1999. The series has won both Nebula and Hugo awards, and is noted as much for its scientific accuracy as it epic centuries-long storyline with a vast cast of diverse characters and complex socio-political backdrop.

Game Of Thrones co-executive producer Vince Gerardis will oversee the new series with author Robinson as consultant. Babylon 5 creator J Michael Straczynski has been brought in as the main writer and co-executive produce.

“The heart and soul of Red Mars is about humanity,” says Sharon Levy, Spike’s EVP, original series. “This group of strangers must find a way to live together and survive under the most daunting conditions mankind has ever faced to become the first living generation of Martians.”



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