Syfy developing '51st State' series

No casting or anticipated air date have been announced yet.
By Karen Butler  |  Jan. 17, 2015 at 3:05 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Syfy says it is developing 51st State, a one-hour drama series about a futuristic prison society.

Oscar-nominated scribe Craig Borten, who sold the pitch to Syfy, will write the pilot, which is being produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.

Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Borten will serve as executive producers.

No casting or anticipated air date have been announced yet.

"As 51st State unfolds, the United States, confronting a prison population stretched to the limit, purchases Greenland and converts it into a frontier prison colony with male and female convicts incarcerated together," the cable television network said in a news release. "Promised conditional freedom, the inmates are driven to the edge of their humanity when that promise, along with others, is broken. Struggling to seize control and exact revenge, reluctant heroes emerge -- but what exactly are they fighting for?"

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