SYFY PICKS UP DARK HORSE COMICS’ ‘RESIDENT ALIEN’ TO SERIES
Alan Tudyk Stars in Series from UCP, with Chris Sheridan (Family Guy) Executive Producing Alongside Dark Horse Entertainment and Amblin Television
David Dobkin Executive Produced and Directed the Pilot
NEW YORK, NY – February 28, 2019 — SYFY today announced the series pickup of Resident Alien, a comedic drama based on the popular Dark Horse comics series by co-creators Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. From Universal Content Productions (UCP), in association with Amblin TV and Dark Horse Entertainment, the series was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan (Family Guy). Mike Richardson (Hellboy) and Keith Goldberg (The Legend of Tarzan) of Dark Horse Entertainment (The Umbrella Academy), and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (The Americans) of Amblin Television will also executive produce. David Dobkin (The Judge) executive produced and directed the pilot.
Resident Alien is a twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Alan Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth—ultimately asking the question, “Are human beings worth saving?”
Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One) is joined by series regulars Sara Tomko (Once Upon a Time), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wetterlund (People of Earth) and Levi Fiehler (Mars). The series will begin production in Vancouver this summer.
SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. The brand is powered by SYFY WIRE (www.syfy.com), the premier portal for breaking genre news, insight and commentary. SYFY is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
UCP is a premium content studio that operates with a highly curated indie sensibility, while simultaneously leveraging the power and scale of NBCUniversal. As fierce advocates for creators with an eclectic point of view, the UCP team develops pioneering original programming with partners such as Amazon (Homecoming), Netflix (The Umbrella Academy), Hulu (The Act) and YouTube (Impulse). In addition, UCP produces high-caliber content for NBCU Cable networks, including Bravo (Dirty John), USA (the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning drama Mr. Robot, the Golden Globe nominated The Sinner, The Purge and Suits ) and SYFY (Happy!, and The Magicians). UCP’s content library also features 800 hours of award-winning and critically-acclaimed content, including the Emmy Award-winning Monk, the Peabody and Hugo Award-winning Battlestar Galactica and the Emmy nominated Psych.
ABOUT AMBLIN TELEVISION
Amblin Television, a long-time leader in quality programming, is a division of Amblin Partners, a content creation company led by Steven Spielberg. Amblin Television’s co-presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, oversee all development, production and programming for the company. Amblin Television currently has thirteen projects in various stages of production including Bull and Tommy for CBS, Roswell, New Mexico for The CW, The Haunting of Bly Manor for Netflix – the follow-up chapter to The Haunting of Hill House, Amazing Stories for Apple, Halo for Showtime, a straight-to-series order for Brave New World from USA Network, Cortes and Moctezuma for Amazon, Animaniacs for Hulu, Why We Hate, for Discovery, Resident Alien for SYFY, and the documentary films Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind for HBO and Laurel Canyon for Epix.
Some of Amblin Television’s previous credits include the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama The Americans for FX, Emmy-nominated HBO movie All The Way starring Bryan Cranston, Smash for NBC, Under the Dome for CBS, Falling Skies for TNT, The Borgias and The United States of Tara for Showtime, and Las Vegas for NBC.
ABOUT DARK HORSE ENTERTAINMENT
Dark Horse Entertainment was spun off from founder Mike Richardson’s Dark Horse Comics in 1992. The company’s first major hits—The Mask and Timecop — were based on Richardson's creations and DHE has since produced over 30 films and series, including an Emmy Award–winning documentary, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. Recent projects include The Legend of Tarzan with Warner Bros., the Dark Matter television series for Syfy network and Polar, adapted from Victor Santo’s noir graphic novel starring Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One) at Netflix. Current projects include ta reboot of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy starring David Harbour (Stranger Things) directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent), and The Umbrella Academy, a Netflix original series based on the comics created by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel Ba.