Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, and its apparently difficult to develop as a TV series, too. Spike TV has suspended production of the Red Mars TV series, based on writer Kim Stanley Robinson’s sci-fi trilogy. Executive producer and showrunner Peter Noah has quit the series. Reportedly, Red Mars has not been cancelled. Spike ordered the project direct-to-series, back in December.
Per Deadline, a Spike TV spokes-person said, “We will continue to develop Red Mars with Skydance. The Red Mars trilogy is one of the most beloved, modern science fiction properties, in part because of its tremendous scope and ambition. We are pausing to ensure we get the script right and to deliver fans what they want — a fantastic show that fully captures the spirit of these wonderful books.”
Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross are executive producing. J. Michael Straczynski, who scripted the pilot, is also executive producing along with Vince Gerardis. Lost‘s Greg Yaitanes was tapped to direct and executive produce, in mid-March.
Deadline expects the Red Mars premiere, which had been expected in January, 2017, will be delayed. Variety adds, “A source close to the ‘Red Mars’ production tells Variety that the project is not being scrapped and that it remains a high priority for Spike as the network continues its renewed push into scripted programming.”
Have you read the Mars trilogy? Do you think Spike TV will get the Red Mars series back into production. Let us know, below.