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Here’s the Trailer for the TV Adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s CHILDHOOD’S END

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Here’s the first trailer for SyFy’s 3-part series Childhood’s End coming in December, based on the classic novel by Arthur C. Clarke. The series stars Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Daisy Betts (Last Resort) and Colm Meaney (Star Trek).

Here’s the SyFy description:

Written by Arthur C. Clarke and hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction since its publishing in 1953, Childhood’s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.

Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) will play Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords. Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) will play Ricky Stormgren, a midwestern farmer whose life is turned upside down when he is named the sole human ambassador for the Overlords. Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) will play Rupert Boyce, an enigmatic American entrepeneur.

Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Mike De Luca (Captain Philips, Moneyball, The Social Network) are attached as executive producers. Childhood’s End will be adapted by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes).

And here’s the trailer.

What do you think?

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13 Comments on Here’s the Trailer for the TV Adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s CHILDHOOD’S END

  1. Steve davidson // May 16, 2015 at 6:47 am //

    It looks like crappy invasion porn to me.

    • The show may end up being that way, but the book was so much more than “crappy invasion porn”.

    • JSintheStates // May 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm //

      Well, since none of you millennials can read, this is probably as close as you’ll ever get to Arthur C. Clarke’s classic Childhood’s End! We’ll just cross our fingers that NBC/Universal/SyFy doesn’t screw it up!

  2. Erik Stevenson // May 16, 2015 at 10:24 am //

    Well, at least they didn’t show the aliens (or what they look like). Childhood’s End is a great book (a classic), and I know SyFy will mess it up.

  3. Not sure why everyone’s leaping to the conclusion that they “know Syfy will mess it up,” expect maybe, well, you know, the Internet. The trailer was intriguingly evocative, didn’t give away the book’s key early surprise, and looks like it could be a respectful approach to the material despite the inevitable changes in book-to-film translation. Let us not forget that Syfy was home to BSG, which took a 70s show that was pure shite and turned it into (for most of its length) stirring, award-winning space opera, and they’re also doing The Expanse and Redshirts with the involvement of the respective authors. They seem to be serious about chasing after the credibility HBO’s gotten in the post-Game of Thrones TV landscape.

    TL;DR: It’s usually a wiser idea to form an opinion of something after you’ve seen it than otherwise.

  4. They appear to have changed the book–without it appearing to be an improvement. So, from my bad feelings of the initial description to this, my conclusion (TL;DNR aside): It’s. Going. To. Suck.

    • you must be into esp if you can make this statement. Which immediately destroys your credibility.

      • James, so Fred offers his opinion, as asked by the post, and because you disagree his credibility is destroyed?
        My opinion of your opinion….
        Some of us have been reading and watching this stuff for almost half a century. Our exposure to. Cosmic radiation during that time caused us to develop strange powers that allow us to sniff out schlock from a distance,,.to recognize when something is the “same old”…to predict that producers of crap will usually produce more…crap. And most devestating of all, the power to change our opinion if and when it is warranted.

  5. Richard York // May 18, 2015 at 7:16 pm //

    The reason, many of us are worried about SyFy taking on SF and Fantasy classics is the abomination of what they did to Ursula K. LeGuin’s brilliant and powerful Earthsea series. It was disgusting and disrespectful of author, novels and the audience.

    The Dune series was far superior, but, if I recall correctly, that was a purchase of an existing series from European producers.

    I have always felt that with the current power of CGI, Childhood’s End could be made into a decent movie. But, if SyFy tries to turn it into a horror flick or a gratuitous thriller, they will destroy the power and art of Clarke’s book.

    I believe that Childhood’s End is a literary masterpiece, not just a genre work. It deals with some of the most profound issues of human existence. Unfortunately, the plot of the book that it could easily be twisted into gratuitous horror/thriller.

    The trailer is a little discouraging. I hope against my better judgment that SyFy will treat the source material with much more respect than the demonstrated with Earthsea.

  6. Richard York // May 18, 2015 at 7:20 pm //

    CORRECTED FOR ERRORS.

    Here are my edited and corrected comments.

    The reason, many of us are worried about SyFy taking on SF and Fantasy classics is the abomination of what they did to Ursula K. LeGuin’s brilliant and powerful Earthsea series. It was disgusting and disrespectful of author, novels and the audience.

    The Dune series was far superior, but, if I recall correctly, that was a purchase of an existing series from European producers.

    I have always felt that with the current power of CGI, Childhood’s End could be made into a decent movie. But, if SyFy tries to turn it into a horror flick or a gratuitous thriller, they will destroy the power and art of Clarke’s book.

    I believe that Childhood’s End is a literary masterpiece, not just a genre work. It deals with some of the most profound issues of human existence. Unfortunately, the plot of the book is such that it could easily be twisted into gratuitous horror or thriller movie. A good, exciting movie can be made while being faithful to the source.

    The trailer is a little discouraging. I hope against my better judgment that SyFy will treat the source material with much more respect than they demonstrated with Earthsea.

  7. Jared, it is BECAUSE I have read Childhood’s End about, oh, twenty + times, that I say the trailer makes it look like invasion porn to me.
    It’s got torture scenes and racy action music. The novel is anything BUT an “action” novel.
    There’s a scene in the book that takes place in a private library for gossake! An important scene.
    The trailer turns the effort to get a look at the overlords into some kind of techno-thriller plot…when in the book it was basically a memo to some scientists and enginers to quietly come up with a way to get a picture…
    C.E. is a very intellectual, quiet, ruminative novel. The second the heart-pounding ‘chase’ music started in the trailer, I knew this effort was doomed to flying shark hell.

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