TNT has given a straight-to-series order to a new sci-fi series from Ridley Scott, the network announced on Monday.
“Raised by Wolves,” which will serve as Scott’s television directorial debut, centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.
“Prisoners” scribe Aaron Guzikowski will write and serve as showrunner on the series.
“Ridley Scott’s movies have always been a part of my life and a huge inspiration in my work,” Guzikowski said in a statement. “So getting the opportunity to work with him and TNT on a story that is so near and dear to my heart is truly a dream come true.”
The series is produced by Scott’s Scott Free Productions banner in association with Turner’s Studio T and Madhouse Entertainment. Scott and Guzikowski will executive produce alongside David W. Zucker and Jordan Sheehan of Scott Free, and Adam Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger of Madhouse.
“I’m always searching for new frontiers in the sci-fi genre and have found a true original in Raised by Wolves–a wholly distinct and imaginative world, full of characters struggling with existential questions: What makes us human? What constitutes a family? And what if we could start over again and erase the mess we’ve made of our planet? Would we survive? Would we do better?” said Scott. “Given TNT’s impressive run of bold, quality programming, this feels like exactly the right home for this kind of ambitious television.”
“Ridley Scott is simply the best there is in the sci-fi genre,” added Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Besides directing some of the most important sci-fi films of all-time, Ridley has created iconic characters from Alien’s Ripley to Prometheus’ Elizabeth Shaw. We’re thrilled to have Ridley do the same for us as we look forward to his vision of Aaron’s complex and futuristic Mother. It’s incredibly rare to be able to make television that both challenges one’s intellect and also thrills the excited fangirl side–Raised by Wolves is that rare show that does both.”