Syfy Ventures Into ‘The Lotus Caves’

The cable network orders a pilot for "High Moon," which will adopt John Christopher's classic young adult novel.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

After nearly two years of development, Syfy has decided to move forward with "High Moon."

According to Deadline, Syfy has officially ordered a "High Moon" pilot from Bryan Fuller and producer Robert Halmi Sr., with Jim Danger Gray ("Pushing Daisies") slated to write and executive produce the potential TV series. The pilot episode will be 90 minutes long.

"High Moon" is based upon the 1969 young adult sci-fi novel, "The Lotus Caves" by Sam Youd, who wrote the book under the pseudonym John Christopher. "The Lotus Caves" took place in 2068, after Earth has settled a colony on the moon called "The Bubble." The story followed two young boys, Marty and Steve as they ventured outside of "The Bubble" and encountered an intelligent alien life form inside the moon's underground caverns who benevolently held the boys in its custody before their eventual decision to escape. 

The premise for "High Moon" is somewhat different. The potential series would pick up in "a future where the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the Moon’s resources. When a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts as various factions race to uncover and exploit its powerful secrets."

Fuller is among the busiest producers on television. In addition to creating "Pushing Daisies" and "Wonderfalls," Fuller is currently spearheading "Hannibal" for NBC with his "Mockingbird Lane" reboot of "The Munsters" likely to follow at the network.  

Halmi's career as a TV producer stretches back to the '70s, but he is perhaps best known for producing several Syfy original miniseries, including "Alice," "The Phantom," "Tin Man" and "Neverland" as well as the most recent TV incarnation of "Flash Gordon" that ran for a single season on Syfy.

The pilot episode of "High Moon" will begin production in Vancouver this fall.