Adaptation Watch: GATEWAY by Frederik Pohl Optioned For Television Series

Deadline is reporting that Frederik Pohl’s classic, multiple award-winning science fiction novel Gateway is the new television project of Entertainment One Television and De Laurentiis Company. No writer has been named yet, but the producers, who had been pursuing this project for years, had always envisioned it as a television series, which provides a larger storytelling canvas allowing them “the opportunity of exploring the rich world of the novel and the complexity of its characters”.

Pohl’s Heechee Saga track humanity’s exploration of the galaxy using artifacts left behind by the enigmatic aliens known as the Heechee. Gateway, the first novel in the series, is set in a space station (another abandoned artifact) named Gateway that’s carved out of an asteroid. Within Gateway are numerous portals that allow spaceships to travel faster-than-light to seemingly random destinations. But using this advanced technology is extremely dangerous, mainly because mankind doesn’t understand it. The main character, Robinette Broadhead, is one of the few prospectors who’s gotten lucky at piloting ships through the gateways. But good luck eventually runs out.

Gateway won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, a Locus Award and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

The Heechee Saga consists of Gateway (1977), Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (1980), Heechee Rendezvous (1984), Annals of the Heechee (1987), The Gateway Trip (1990, a short story collection), and The Boy Who Would Live Forever (2004).

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