‘Krypton’: Syfy Orders Superman Prequel Pilot


It’s taken a while to come to fruition, but the planned Superman TV prequel Krypton is finally going ahead at Syfy.

The cable network had put Krypton in development over a year-and-a-half ago, and is now finalizing a deal for a pilot order.

David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Constantine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) penned the original pilot teleplay with Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time). Goyer is now moving ahead with rewrites with Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow), who has joined the project as executive producer and showrunner.

Attached to direct the pilot is Colm McCarthy, whose television work includes an episode of Sherlock and every episode of Peaky Blinders‘ second season.

The plot, according to Deadline:

Based on DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. It follows Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

Assuming a series order follows the pilot, Krypton will be joining an increasingly crowded market of comic-related television projects. There’s no word as yet on whether Krypton will have connections to other DC outings, such Arrow, The Flash, or Supergirl.

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