Television is turning more and more to books for its inspiration. Syfy has two shows based on books–Expanse and Childhood’s End— coming in December. It plans to add further to the roster by adapting Frederik Pohl’s 1977 Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel Gateway into a series.
In Gateway, humanity discovers an asteroid teeming with the long abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race — the Heechee – setting in motion a gold rush for alien artifacts and technology. The ships are preprogrammed, transporting their voyagers to distant worlds of riches — or certain death. Undaunted by the peril or the odds, prospector Robinette Broadhead gambles everything on a journey to Gateway. After one nightmare mission, he returns to extraordinary wealth and luxury, but is haunted by the loss of his crewmates, including the love of his life.
The adaptation was written by David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) and Josh Pate (Falling Skies, who will also serve as executive producers on the series.
Pohl’s books are thoughtful, complex works. Hopefully, this will translate to the screen as well.