Syfy Orders Pilots of ‘The Machine,’ ‘Haunted’ and Grant Morrison’s ‘Happy!’

Cable network bulks up on new dramas

The Machine

Syfy has ordered three new pilots, a remake of 2013 film “The Machine,” an adaptation of Grant Morrison graphic novel “Happy!” and “Haunted,” a supernatural horror drama.

“The Machine,” based on the 2013 film of the same name starring Caity Lotz, will be executive produced and written by original filmmaker Caradog James with Red & Black Films. The film’s producer, John Giwa-Amu, will also executive produce the Syfy pilot. Set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence, the series explores the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters – each of whom holds the key to humanity’s victory or its destruction.

“Haunted” is described as a supernatural horror-drama about four siblings who reunite following their parents’ deaths. As they try to overcome their fractured personal relationships they find that they must also face the literal ghosts from their past in order to survive. Noga Landau wrote the pilot and is also a co-executive producer. Author James Frey and Todd Cohen of Full Fathom Five will executive produce.

“Happy!,” written and executive produced by Morrison and Brian Taylor, based on their graphic novel of the same name, follows Nick Sax – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man — who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse. Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film will also executive produce. Taylor will also direct the Syfy pilot.