UCP Developing New Projects With Dan Harmon, Gary Whitta, Catherine Hardwicke

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Universal Cable Productions have unveiled their new slate of in- , including adaptations of novels and and new from , and more.

Set up at Syfy, The Raven Cycle is based on Maggie Stiefvater’s four urban fantasy novels and tells the story of seventeen year old Blue Sargent, who becomes involved with a group of four privileged private school boys on a quest to find a source of mythical and mysterious power hidden deep in rural Virginia. The closer they get to taking control of their destiny, the more threatening their journey becomes – both physically and emotionally, as Blue discovers she’s fated to kill one of the boys. Michael London of Groundswell Productions will executive produce alongside showrunner/writer Andrew Miller and Catherine Hardwicke. Stiefvater will serve as co-EP. Hardwicke is also attached to direct the pilot.

Sand, a co- with Imperative Entertainment and also set up at Syfy, is based on the iconic Hugh Howey novels and in action drama set in a world ravaged by ecological devastation, savage winds, and shifting dunes. At its center is a family who makes their way in this world as sand divers: the elite few who can deep beneath the desert floor to retrieve mysterious and valuable relics lost to the dust. Adrift in the wake of their father’s disappearance years ago, they rely on skill and each other to endure this ruthless environment where otherwise good people lie, sabotage, and kill in order to survive. The novels will be adapted for television by Executive Producer Star Wars: Rogue One scribe . The pilot will be directed by Marc Forster, who will also executive produce along with his partner Renee Wolf. Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin, Tim Kring and Justin Levy will also serve as executive .

and Evan Katz are also getting into business with with . The story follows Malachi Constant, the richest man in 22nd-century America. He possesses extraordinary luck which he attributes to divine favor and has used to build upon his father’s fortune. He becomes the center point of a journey that takes him from Earth to Mars in preparation for an interplanetary war, to Mercury with another Martian survivor of that war, back to Earth to be pilloried as a sign of Man’s displeasure with his arrogance, and finally to Titan where he again meets the man ostensibly responsible for the turn of events that have befallen him.

UCP also announced that Beauty and the Beast Evan Spiliotopoulos will write and executive produce its series, and that it has also optioned the rights to Roger Zelazny’s novel , which will be executive produced by Walking Dead EP Gale Ann Hurd.

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