JMS to produce the Mars books

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Cinema Blend has an interesting story reporting that Babylon 5 creator J. Michael straczynski is set to produce a live action version of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy. I’m looking forward to this!

Science fiction is in the middle of a huge resurgence on TV, with Syfy leading the pack as more and more networks are willing to loosen the reins on storytelling enough to let some speculative fiction get through. Genre icon J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the cult series Babylon 5, just signed on for his second upcoming TV series, and it’s on a network you probably wouldn’t expect: Spike TV.

According to Deadline. Straczynski has been brought in to write Red Mars, an adaptation of author Kim Stanley Robinson’s Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel trilogy that includes 1993’s Red Mars, 1994’s Green Mars and 1996’s Blue Mars. The series will be produced by Vince Gerardis, a co-executive producer on Game of Thrones, with Robinson on board as a consultant. All-star team here, I’d say.

Assuming the TV series sticks to the basic arc of the novels, Red Mars will initially take place on board the spacecraft Ares, where there are 100 people on board to serve as the first colonists of Mars and one of its moons. (But get The 100 out of your minds.) This enormous squad is filled with genius scientists and other necessary members of a colonization team. The second and third novels obviously go deeper into things, but the story of mankind vs. nature on a universal level is present throughout the tale. (Robinson also put together a short story collection called The Martians which may also play into the story being told here.)

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