Bradley Cooper is making a dream come true thanks to SyFy. The American Sniper actor is teaming with Graham King and Todd Phillips to bring Dan Simmon’s Hyperion to SyFy as a major event series. Cooper has been apparently trying to bring the story to life on screen for years, discussing it with Charlie Rose back during the summer of 2011, and now he can check it off his list.
Itamar Moses from Boardwalk Empire will write the script and Cooper will executive produce with King and Phillips according to Deadline. The actor discussed his excitement for the project as part of the announcement:
Set on the eve of Armageddon with 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.
“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,” said Cooper.
SyFy has a very wobbly track record when it comes to adaptations, but it seems that they have set their bar a little higher with their recent attempts.
Twelve Monkeys isn’t the worst show on the network and the adaptations for The Expanse series and Childhood’s End seem pretty spot on. With Cooper’s interest in the project, this one seems full of potential.