Syfy has announced that they’ve ordered Olympus, a new TV series based on mythology. The cable channel has ordered 13 episodes and the show is expected to debut sometime next year.
Here’s the Syfy press release:
SYFY, REUNION PICTURES AND GREAT POINT MEDIA ANNOUNCE NEW MYTHOLOGY DRAMA SERIES “OLYMPUS”
13-PART SERIES, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY NICK WILLING, WITH EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ROBERT HALMI SR. AND MATTHEW O’CONNOR, WILL PREMIERE ON SYFY IN 2015
NEW YORK – April 7, 2014 – Syfy, Reunion Pictures and Great Point Media today announced a 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 (Tinman, 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 story telling. 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 Tinman, Neverland and Alice, we are confident that this will be another epic adventure for television,” stated Halmi Sr.
About Great Point Media
Great Point Media is a boutique media business specializing in production finance and alternative investments. The company was set up in 2012 by Jim Reeve and Robert Halmi Jr, together with a team formerly responsible for television production and television production financing at Ingenious Media. The team offers a unique blend of experience across both entertainment media and alternative tax-efficient investments. Our team has over 60 years’ experience in entertainment media and have recently financed over 100 prime time television shows.
About Reunion Pictures
Reunion Pictures, a Thunderbird Company, is focused on the creation, development and exploitation of high quality intellectual property for the international marketplace. From Vancouver Canada, Reunion Pictures develops and produces acclaimed television, film and digital content that is known throughout the world. The company is a collaboration between long-time industry leaders Lisa Richardson, Tom Rowe and Matthew O’Connor. Together they produced the 9-time Emmy-nominated mini-series Tin Man starring Zooey Deschanel and Alan Cumming, which was Syfy USA’s highest rated mini-series of all time. Other selected credits include Baby Sellers, a Movie of the Week starring Emmy-winners Kirstie Alley and Jennifer Finnigan which had a special premiere screening at the UN and was produced for Lifetime Channel, and Masters of Horror, a unique collaboration of the genre’s most esteemed writers and directors including John Carpenter and John Landis which premiered on Showtime in the US. Reunion is currently filming the third season of the acclaimed television series Continuum for Showcase (Canada), Syfy USA and UK, and Netflix (US) which saw the highest specialty channel rating ever when it first aired and enjoys long standing high ratings around the world.
About The Halmi Company
The Halmi Company is based in New York and was set up by Robert Halmi, Sr. to produce film and television projects. Robert Halmi Sr. is described in his Peabody Award citation as “perhaps the last of the great network television impresarios.” His many projects have been honored with 105 Emmy Awards, as well as a full complement of Golden Globe, Peabody, Christopher and Humanitas Awards. Robert Halmi, Sr. has produced over 200 films and miniseries for television, as well as features. Television projects include The Josephine Baker Story (Lynn Whitfield, Lou Gossett, Jr.), Gypsy (Bette Midler), Scarlett (Timothy Dalton), and Merlin (Sam Neill, Isabella Rossellini, Miranda Richardson). His feature films include The Long Ride (Kelly Reno, John Savage), Playing for Keeps (Christopher Plummer, Maggie Smith) and the Academy Award nominated film, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward).
About Content Media
Content Media Corporation Limited is a London and LA based private company that owns and distributes a significant library of film, television, and digital assets. The Company operates through three divisions: Content Film, Content Television and Content Digital. The Company also owns a 50% stake in Collins Avenue, a LA based entertainment TV production company, a 55% stake in Spirit digital media, a digital production company, and 50% stake in film and television production companies Jigsaw Productions and Preferred Film & TV. The Company’s library of rights includes over 4,000 hours of television programming, 200 hours of digital programming and 250 feature films. Launched in 2002 by Jamie Carmichael, Content Film is the sales arm of the Content Media Corporation Ltd.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)
What do you think? Do you think that you’ll check out the new Olympus series?