Spike TV Heads to Outer Space for ‘Red Mars’, Debuting in January 2017

Kim Stanley Robinson, Mars Trilogy
Kim Stanley Robinson, Mars Trilogy

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Spike TV is going sci-fi with their adaptation of the award-winning “Mars Trilogy” novels (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) by Kim Stanley Robinson, about how humans colonized the red planet. The series, titled Red Mars after the first book, will include 10 one-hour episodes and will debut in January 2017.

Per the press release:

“Red Mars” follows the first settlers charged with terraforming a mysterious planet, all of whom have competed to be a part of the mission. The series delves into the lives of these relative strangers, cut off from everything they’ve ever known and living in the harshest environment imaginable. Over time, viewers will witness the mind-blowing evolution of humans and technology as they learn to adapt in their inhospitable new home.

“The heart and soul of Red Mars is about humanity. This group of strangers must find a way to live together and survive under the most daunting conditions mankind has ever faced to become the first living generation of Martians,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike. “They will be each other’s greatest source of strength—and if they can’t coexist—the greatest reason for failure.”

This is the first original dramatic series the network (in conjunction with Skydance Television), has ordered in almost a decade, and it will be written by J. Michael Straczynski (Sense8, Babylon Five), who also serves as an executive producer along with Emmy Award winner Vince Gerardis (Game of Thrones). Robinson will serve as a series consultant.

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