Saved from the axe? Syfy's The Expanse might get picked up by Amazon for a fourth season
The story revolves around a colonized galaxy which is set 200 years into the future and the series has a serious fan following which even raised petitions to save it from the axe
Amazon might be the new source of life for “The Expanse” - the sci-fi series that was announced not to get picked up by the NBC Universal-owned cable network Syfy. The series that is produced and fully financed by Alcon Television Group, was supposed to conclude with its third season in June this year.
However, sources at Variety have confirmed that the streaming service is indulging in talks to pick up the show for a prospective fourth season of the story that revolves around a colonized galaxy which is set 200 years into the future.
Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” the story shows two strangers finding themselves involved in a vast conspiracy without their knowledge. Written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James SA Corey), “The Expanse” TV series stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams.
Variety reported that as of yet, Amazon hasn't commented on the rumors.
“‘The Expanse’ transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television,” Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks at NBCU Cable Entertainment, said when Syfy had canceled the show. “Everyone at Syfy is a massive fan of the series, and this was an incredibly difficult decision. We want to sincerely thank ‘The Expanse’s’ amazing cast, crew and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James S.A. Corey’s story to life. And to the series’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”
Petitions had been raised with the hashtag Save The Expanse and seems like that has paid off.
Amazon, please save The Expanse - #SaveTheExpanse -There is power in numbers. If you love the Expanse, take a moment to sign the Petition https://t.co/eKT5pbQ5la 🙏Thank you to our amazing fans for putting this together 🙏 #TheExpanse @amazonstudios @jeffbezos— The Expanse Writers (@TheExpanseWR) May 14, 2018
The Expanse Writers are not showing an excitement at the news and are maintaining that the news still requires confirmation and that they are not out of the woods as yet.
We’re excited, but the deal’s not closed...we’re not quite through the woods yet! 🌟 Keep up the fight Expansers & watch this weeks episode LIVE with us on SyFy 🚀 we’ll be dancing in the streets right along with you as soon as we get anything official #TheExpanse #SaveTheExpanse https://t.co/cHNi3bTd8P— The Expanse Writers (@TheExpanseWR) May 21, 2018
But while "The Expanse" was dropped, Syfy did pick up a series adaptation of the graphic novel, “Deadly Class” by Rick Remender and Wes Craig. The network has also recently ordered “Nightflyers,” based on the novella by George R.R. Martin.
Other recently launched series by Syfy are “Krypton”, based on DC Comics characters, and also "Happy!" which is based on a graphic novel of the same name.