Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, And Graham King Sign On For SyFy’s ‘Hyperion’
It seems book-to-television adaptations are all the rage now, and Bradley Cooper’s latest endeavor is no exception. SyFy will be developing Dan Simmon’s Hyperion book as an “event series,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Hyperion was released in book form in 1989 and won the prestigious Hugo award. Hyperion is Book 1 in the Hyperion Cantos series.
Joining SyFy in the development stages will be Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Todd Phillips (The Hangover), and Graham King (World War Z). As yet, it is unclear if Bradley Cooper will take on an acting role in this new SyFy series or is just engaged in the development of it as executive producer alongside Phillips and King. Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) has been billed as adaptation writer for Hyperion.
Deadline describes Hyperion as follows.
“Set on the eve of Armageddon with Hyperion the entire galaxy at war, Hyperion is the story of seven pilgrims who set forth on a voyage to seek the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope and a terrible secret — while one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.”
Bradley Cooper is excited to finally be getting this production up and running, also telling Deadline, “It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences.”
Bradley Cooper is as well known for his acting roles as for his producing roles of late. However, his latest movie, Aloha, in which he stars alongside Emma Stone, has been panned by critics. Not only are critics calling the movie bad by itself, they are also calling to attention the fact the Aloha cast is mainly Caucasian, and there is little connection to the Hawaiian culture as one might be led to believe with a movie bearing the title of Aloha.
Meanwhile, SyFy has been paving the way for sci-fi dramas, having recently brought to the small screen TV series such as 12 Monkeys, Childhood’s End, Brave New World, Krypton, Incorporated, The Magicians, Dark Matter, Hunters, The Expanse, and Z Nation. Syfy President Dave Howe is glad to be adding another sci-fi series to the network.
“As Syfy continues to forge important partnerships with award-winning talent on and off screen, this powerhouse team led by Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips brings an extraordinary track record in producing entertainment of the highest creative ambition. Epitomizing the gold standard of science fiction story-telling, Hyperion tackles smart and provocative themes that help define Syfy’s development vision.”
Here’s hoping SyFy’s Hyperion can help repair Bradley Cooper’s reputation. Are you looking forward to seeing Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Graham King’s version of Hyperion? Are you a fan of the Dan Simmons books? Let us know by commenting below!
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