John Scalzi's Star Trek Parody Novel Redshirts Coming to TV

John Scalzi's Star Trek Parody Novel Redshirts Coming to TV

FX is developing a limited series based on Redshirts, the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award.

Deadline announced Friday February 7 that FX is adapting John Scalzi's novel Redshirts for television. Producer John Shestack, director Ken Kwapis, and producer Alexandra Beattie have signed on the for the project. Shestack's previous work includes Air Force One, Waiting... and Dan in Real Life. Kwapis and Beattie worked together on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and each has experience with television series. Kwapis directed several episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, and Beattie was a co-producer on Outsourced. John Scalzi confirmed on Twitter that he will be consulting on the show as well as being an executive producer. FX is currently looking for writers for the series.

The novel follows Ensign Andrew Dahl, a new member of the crew of the Intrepid starship. Dahl and the other ensigns begin to realize that all away missions seem to follow a strange set of rules, including the death of at least one low-ranking crewmember. Redshirts was published in June 2012 and won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The audiobook version is read by actor Wil Wheaton. No casting announcements have been made for the television adaptation of the novel, but given the novel's many homages to Star Trek and other well-loved science fiction series, we can hope that the producers will approach some sci-fi fan favorites.

The novel and upcoming television series should not be confused with Redshirt, the comedy science fiction social networking simulator from independent developer Positech Games. The Escapist previewed Redshirt last July, and the game is now available for PC and Mac through a variety of digital distributors.

Source: Deadline

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Awesome. I loved the book. It's going to be interesting to see how it translates.

Could certainly be made into a fun series, it would need to get the atmosphere and pacing just right though.

Also you'd never get more than one or two seasons out of it. Which is fine with me but if it is a success you know they will try and ruin it. Unless Scalzi writes up a sequel or something.

Oh and id much rather some more qualified people tried to make any of his other work into a series. Old Mans War would be $%^&ing amazing if done decently (Although it will never happen as 99% of producers are vapid greedy cowards that fear anything not just a formulaic pile of excrement with a new coat of paint on it).

So space based sci-fi is finally coming back to TV... as a parodic miniseries? Why does this stuff keep happening? The last time we got a light hearted fantasy show was Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, which was also a parody and only got one extremely short season. Then there was that comedy about astronauts or whatever it was around the same time, which I'm pretty sure was the last new space based sci-fi /period/ that wasn't called Doctor Who, and that's more time based than space based anyway.

Not that I think Redshirts will be bad, I'd just like some speculative fiction of some variety that's neither grimdark nor a parody. Is that too much to ask? At least there's still the second season of Defiance to look forward to.

Stupidity:
Also you'd never get more than one or two seasons out of it. Which is fine with me but if it is a success you know they will try and ruin it. Unless Scalzi writes up a sequel or something.

I could see them getting 3 seasons of 12-16 episodes:

Also, I want to see Nathan Fillion as the captain. If we need a square-jawed space hero with just a bit too much overacting, he's our man.

Thunderous Cacophony:

Also, I want to see Nathan Fillion as the captain. If we need a square-jawed space hero with just a bit too much overacting, he's our man.

Wouldn't he be better as the guy who always gets injured but narrowly survives?

OT: This has great possibilities. I hope they make it work.

Stupidity:

Also you'd never get more than one or two seasons out of it.

They said limited series. Which means it's probably already going to be a fixed number of episodes.

I'd say 12 would be more than enough to give it a solid treatment without bogging it down.

Thunderous Cacophony:

Also, I want to see Nathan Fillion as the captain. If we need a square-jawed space hero with just a bit too much overacting, he's our man.

True. The only better choice would be literally cloning William Shatner.

I hope this is successful because, although I loved the book and wonder how they're going to translate it to TV (please don't make 50 episodes where each time a Redshirt dies) ; what I really want to see is Old Man's War as a TV show. A mix of BSG and Starship Troopers? Yes please!

FalloutJack:

Thunderous Cacophony:

Also, I want to see Nathan Fillion as the captain. If we need a square-jawed space hero with just a bit too much overacting, he's our man.

Wouldn't he be better as the guy who always gets injured but narrowly survives?

OT: This has great possibilities. I hope they make it work.

That guy was pretty weedy in the book; I always pictured him as someone like Wesley Crusher. Meanwhile, the captain was a stereotypical captain: bombastic, two-fisted pulp hero. That's got Fillion all over it.

Owyn_Merrilin:
Not that I think Redshirts will be bad, I'd just like some speculative fiction of some variety that's neither grimdark nor a parody. Is that too much to ask?

Yes, it is too much to ask.
I have come to the conclusion we will not see real sci-fi on TV or at theaters till all the current producers die or retire.
The problem seems to be the "speculative" part. The current crop are incapable of producing something that isnt one of three things.

1)Post Apocalyptic
2)Dystopian Orwellian State
3)Environmental catastrophe.

Its why Star Trek/Wars have no modern competition and why we never see works like "Iain M. Banks, Culture" made into anything, because it doesn't push their weird dystopia agenda/fetish. Examples: Oblivion, After Earth, The Matrix, Every Zombie Movie, Battlestar Galactica, Fallen Skies, Defiance. It seems impossible for a show/movie that speculates on the future to exist.

Only hope seems to be the upcoming "Honorverse" movie and that's more "Naval Ships in Space" than speculative. Also id bet money there either gonna rewrite it so that global warming is the real enemy or just have huge production problems.

Thunderous Cacophony:

FalloutJack:

Thunderous Cacophony:

Also, I want to see Nathan Fillion as the captain. If we need a square-jawed space hero with just a bit too much overacting, he's our man.

Wouldn't he be better as the guy who always gets injured but narrowly survives?

OT: This has great possibilities. I hope they make it work.

That guy was pretty weedy in the book; I always pictured him as someone like Wesley Crusher. Meanwhile, the captain was a stereotypical captain: bombastic, two-fisted pulp hero. That's got Fillion all over it.

You know what? Yes. That makes total sense to me now.

This is going to be better then the JJ Abrams bastardization.

Owyn_Merrilin:
Not that I think Redshirts will be bad, I'd just like some speculative fiction of some variety that's neither grimdark nor a parody. Is that too much to ask? At least there's still the second season of Defiance to look forward to.

They're currently working on a pilot for a TV adaptation of the Expanse series. If it gets picked up, it'll be exactly what you're looking for.

UltimatheChosen:

Owyn_Merrilin:
Not that I think Redshirts will be bad, I'd just like some speculative fiction of some variety that's neither grimdark nor a parody. Is that too much to ask? At least there's still the second season of Defiance to look forward to.

They're currently working on a pilot for a TV adaptation of the Expanse series. If it gets picked up, it'll be exactly what you're looking for.

I'll have to look out for that. There hasn't been a new sci-fi series I've really liked since NuBSG came on to the scene and turned everything into crappy soap operas. Aside from Defiance, and the seasons on that one are so far apart that it barely counts.

Stupidity:
Oh and id much rather some more qualified people tried to make any of his other work into a series. Old Mans War would be $%^&ing amazing if done decently (Although it will never happen as 99% of producers are vapid greedy cowards that fear anything not just a formulaic pile of excrement with a new coat of paint on it).

Seriously... I'd LOVE to see Old Man's War adapted decently for TV or Movie. On that note, why the hell has nobody made The Forever War into a feature film yet? Both of these could definitely cater to the current gritty realism trend, but would also be outstanding speculative fiction with stories that work well.
Edit: Nevermind, Ridley Scott is in the process of getting The Forever War made. Not sure if this is a good thing or not:
http://io9.com/5187373/james-camerons-avatar-influences-ridley-scotts-forever-war

 

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