Syfy is giving a 13-episode greenlight to Helix (working title), its newest original scripted series for 2013, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Helix is Executive Produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact), Steven Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami, The X-Files) and Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the pilot, will serve as Co-Executive Producer. The series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.
“With its well-drawn characters, taut drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this intense thrill-ride of a series come to life,” said Mark Stern
Helix is expected to begin production early in 2013 to debut later this year.
Ron D Moore told me at the SyFy Upfront Event that the series is yet to be cast though it will begin casting soon.He says its more of an ensemble piece with no clear lead yet but as they work in the writers room one may emerge.
HELIX AT SDCC 2013
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Ron Moore:”Cameron Porsandeh wrote the pilot script. It was developed by Cameron and Linda Obst at Sony Television. They spent about a year developing it. And then they called me since I have a deal at Sony and said, “We’d like you to take a look at this to executive produce.” And I literally said no.I didn’t even want to read it because it wasn’t a genre or a thing or concept I was interested in.But they just kept coming back and said, “You should really read this.”I finally relented and read it.And it was a page turner. I keep turning the pages literally wanting to see what happened next. By the end of the script, I wanted to see the next episode.I realized if you could convince me and if I’m hooked then there’s a show in here and that’s when I signed on board.” More
SYFY’S NEW SCRIPTED THRILLER HELIX FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RONALD D. MOORE (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) AND SONY PICTURES TELEVISION BEGINS PRODUCTION IN MONTREAL WITH FINAL CAST SET
BILLY CAMBPELL, HIROYUKI SANADA, KYRA ZAGORSKY, MARK GHANIMÉ AND JORDAN HAYES STAR, WITH MEEGWUN FAIRBROTHER, CATHERINE LEMIEUX AND NEIL NAPIER ROUNDING MAIN CAST
JEFFREY REINER (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) HELMING PREMIERE EPISODE
Syfy’s newest original scripted series Helix from Sony Pictures Television began production this past weekend in Montreal, Canada. The 13-episode drama is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact). Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the pilot, will serve as a Co-Executive Producer.
Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.
Billy Campbell (The Killing, Killing Lincoln) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential “hot zone” at a remote Arctic research facility. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hataki, director of the outpost and its mysterious viral research program.
Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky (Soldiers of the Apocalypse) as Dr. Julia Walker, Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros, Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan, Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle and Neil Napier (Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.
Prolific director and producer Jeffrey Reiner is directing the premiere episode of Helix. Reiner directed multiple episodes of notable television series such as the critically acclaimed and award-winning Friday Night Lights, Awake and The Event. Reiner previously worked with Syfy directing the 90-minute pilot of the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.
Helix is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.