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Syfy Planning Series Based on Stephen King's 'The Colorado Kid'

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 1st 2009 10:28AM
There's good news and bad news for Syfy fans today. The good news: the network has announced they will be working with Stephen King. The bad news: it's not on 'Pterodactyl 2.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Syfy, which is perhaps better known to most television viewers by it's original and more intuitive name SciFi Channel, will be adapting King's novella 'The Colorado Kid' as a series. Titled 'Haven,' the new series has been slated for an initial run of 13 episodes and will expand upon the material of the novella, which took place mostly as a conversation between reporters.
There's good news and bad news for Syfy fans today. The good news: the network has announced they will be working with Stephen King. The bad news: it's not on 'Pterodactyl 2.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Syfy, which is perhaps better known to most television viewers by it's original and more intuitive name SciFi Channel, will be adapting King's novella 'The Colorado Kid' as a series. Titled 'Haven,' the new series has been slated for an initial run of 13 episodes and will expand upon the material of the novella, which took place mostly as a conversation between reporters.

The new version will play more like a cross between 'Heroes' and 'The X-Files,' with a government agent investigating a murder in a mysterious town filled with super-powered suspects. According to the network's official description, "Haven is a town where people with supernatural abilities have migrated for generations because it mutes their powers, allowing them to lead normal lives." This status quo comes to an end with the arrival of protagonist Audrey Parker, and FBI agent who "will try to keep these supernatural forces at bay while unraveling the many mysteries of Haven -- including one surrounding her own surprising past in this extraordinary place."

Historically, Syfy's ongoing shows have had greater critical and commercial success than their original movies, which often boast low grade effects and plots that require stars like Coolio to battle giant rubbery dinosaurs, as he famously did in 2005's 'Pterodactyl.' Fans of King, however, would do well to look to the acclaimed 'Battlestar Galactica' and such solid offerings as 'Euerka' and 'Stargate: Atlantis' as better indicators of what they may expect out of 'Haven.'

And who knows? Maybe if things work out, King will have a greater presence at the network. The dream of an all-star version of 'Mansquito 2' may still be alive.

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