Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper will soon be able to add “sci-fi TV director” to his laudable repertoire of showbiz-related talents. This week, Cooper announced his plans to team up with science-fiction television network, Syfy, to bring Dan Simmons’ acclaimed 1989 novel, “Hyperion,” to syndication.
Cooper, a longtime fan of “Hyperion,” has had ideas for the project in the works for a few years, but only recently sealed the official deal with Syfy. Cooper has been confirmed as the executive producer of the project, but as of now, little else is known in regards to exact details. No actors, director, or release date have yet been confirmed for the “Hyperion” release, although production should likely begin within the year.
In a press statement given after news of the project broke, Cooper said, “It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences.”
Simmons’ 1989 novel was a breakthrough in the science-fiction genre in both its innovative style and fantastic content. “Hyperion” is a series of narratives told by pilgrims trekking across a 28th century galaxy, hoping to evade “Ousters” (basically, space-age barbarian tribes) and eventually reach Hyperion, a safe colony world.
The novel was praised upon its release for its strong characters, compelling storylines, and very humanistic approach to the science-fiction genre. Prospects for the television adaptation look good – if talented actors end up filling the roles, Cooper should have no problem producing a show driven by Simmons’ unique characters.
“Hyperion” as a Syfy series will certainly be packed to the brim with drama and character development, and hopefully, the special effects and artistic design on Simmons’ 28th century world will contribute to the otherworldly, futuristic feel of the show. With an exuberant and talented producer like Bradley Cooper getting the momentum on “Hyperion” started, fans should expect greatness – hopefully, not too far into the future.