NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Syfy says it has ordered a six-hour miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke's classic novel Childhood's End.
The program is to premiere in 2015.
"As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present," Syfy's president, Dave Howe, said in a statement. "The powerful themes of Childhood's End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years."
Akiva Goldsman and Mike De Luca are attached as executive producers to Childhood's End, which will be written for the small screen by Matthew Graham, creator of the BBC's Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. The miniseries will be directed by Nick Hurran, who earned a 2014 Emmy Award nomination for helming Sherlock: His Last Vow.
No casting for Childhood's End has been announced yet.
"Hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction since its publishing in 1953, Childhood's End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture," the cable TV network said in a synopsis.