Here’s a look at SyFy’s upcoming Riverworld series. Looks interesting – the costumes appear to be a mix of modern day fashion, combined with robed knights and blue aliens. Not to mention a young-looking Mark Twain.
I’ve read these books and thought they were fantastic. From what I gather, SyFy is only loosely basing their series on the novels. They’re adding new characters and changing the story quite a bit. Though Mark Twain was in the books, and he’s the MAN.
The basic premise is that a large group of people in history die – then strangely wake up on a new world. I hope SyFy does this with style.
Here’s the official premise:
When American war zone journalist Matt Ellman (Tahmoh Penikett, Battlestar Galactica) and his fiancée, Jessie Machalan (Laura Vandervoort, Smallville), are killed in an explosion, Matt awakens, separated from Jessie, on the banks of a river snaking endlessly across a mysterious new plane of existence. On Riverworld, everyone who has ever lived on Earth, ever soul throughout time, has been reborn along the banks of a seemingly endless river. Determined to locate Jessie, Matt aligns with Tomoe (Jeananne Goossen, Falcon Beach) , a 13th century female warrior, Allegra (Romina D’Ugo, Hairspray), a 15th century courtesan of shifting alliances, and American novelist and Riverboat captain Samuel Clemens (Mark Deklin, Justice), better known as Mark Twain. With a full crew of adventurers, they embark upriver to understand where they are, why they are here, and to what unknowable end the river winds.
Here’s a teaser clip of Alan Cummings being painted blue. Watch the entire clip over at RHI.