Syfy announced two upcoming projects this morning: “Z Nation,” a 13-episode zombie series from The Asylum set to debut in the fall, and “Olympus,” a new mythological drama that will take viewers into the action-packed world of humans, gods, and monsters.
From the Press Releases
“Z NATION”: Syfy announces “Z Nation,” a 13-episode zombie series set to debut in the fall of 2014.
From production company The Asylum (Sharknado), the action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The series, which will air on Syfy, will be produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.
Karl Schaefer (“Eerie Indiana,” “Eureka,” “Stephen King’s Dead Zone”) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. “‘Z Nation’ will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” says Schaefer. The show, he continues, adds “a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse – our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies. It’ll be an epic journey unlike anything you’ve seen before.”
In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy, said: “’Z Nation’ is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre. Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive but triumph. In producing their first ever weekly series, our long-time partners The Asylum have created a different way of telling an iconic story.”
In “Z Nation” three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.
“Z Nation” is a dynamic ensemble drama that will plunge viewers into a fully imagined post-zombie America and take them on an adventure with a diverse group of richly drawn characters. As the reluctant heroes learn to work as a team and battle ever-more-menacing zombies, their flaws, idiosyncrasies, and moral dilemmas will ultimately become the heart of the show.
“OLYMPUS”: Syfy, Reunion Pictures, and Great Point Media announce new mythological drama series “Olympus,” which will take viewers into the action-packed world of humans, gods, and monsters. The 13-part series of one-hour episodes will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
The team behind “Olympus” includes writer Nick Willing (“Tin Man,” “Alice,” “Neverland”) and legendary executive producer Robert Halmi, Sr. (Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, The Odyssey, Gulliver’s Travels).
“Olympus” will tell the story of how a few brave men and women banished the gods to the realm of the unconscious – a place they called the Underworld or the Kingdom of Hades. The series will follow the protagonist on his journey as he gradually transforms from a fresh-faced and raw young man through the dramatic experiences of betrayal, love, disappointment, empowerment, and exile, until he emerges a ruthless leader of men and a match for the gods themselves.
The series is being produced by Reunion Pictures and Olympus TV (London) Limited in association with Great Point Media and will begin production this summer in Vancouver and London, with the first episode written and directed by Willing. Executive producers are Robert Halmi, Sr., for The Halmi Company, Robert Halmi, Jr., and Jim Reeve for Great Point Media, and Matthew O’Connor and Lisa Richardson for Reunion Pictures. The series is being marketed and distributed by Content Media Group outside the US, Germany, and Canada.
“’Olympus’ is a fantastic blend of action, intense thrills, creatures, and great storytelling. It will feature characters from mythology in a way never before imagined,” said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy. “It’s an excellent complement to our roster of programming, and we can’t wait to share the adventures of Hero with the Syfy audience.”
“I’m thrilled that the team of Willing, O’Connor, and Halmi are together on another exciting Syfy project. With the success of ‘Tin Man,’ ‘Neverland,’ and ‘Alice,’ we are confident that this will be another epic adventure for television,” stated Halmi, Sr.
Look for more on both of these new projects soon!
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