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Syfy to Adapt Classic Sci-Fi Novel ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ as a TV Series

The project is the first-ever treatment for the 1961 Robert Heinlein novel.

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Robert Heinlein’s 1961 science fiction novel “Stranger in a Strange Land” is getting its first-ever TV treatment. Syfy is adapting the book as a new drama, currently in development from Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions.

“Stranger in a Strange Land” follows the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who was raised on Mars and comes to Earth. It’s the latest classic sci-fi novel to wind up in development at Syfy, which is also looking to adapt “Brave New World.”

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Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment, Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions, and Joe Vecchio of Vecchio Entertainment are executive producers on “Stranger in a Strange Land.”

“This novel has resonated with me since college and there’s a reason it has continued to find new fans for over forty years,” said Paramount TV president Amy Powell. “Syfy’s understanding of imaginative and futuristic programming is unmatched, making them an ideal partner for this series.”

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NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer said “Stranger” was one of her favorite books. “The story is timeless and resonates more than ever in today’s world,” she said.

Previous titles adapted from Heinlein novels include the “Starship Troopers” films.

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