'Childhood’s End' in its first screen adaptation

Childhood’s End, a 1953 science fiction novel by the British author Arthur C. Clarke, is getting its first screen adaptation.

The story follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia, which however comes at the cost of human identity and culture. The book, which became Clarke’s first successful novel, is often regarded by both readers and critics as Clarke’s best work.

Childhood’s End will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years - Dave Howe, SyFy boss

Several attempts to adapt the novel into a screen form have been made without success. Film director Stanley Kubrick expressed interest in adapting the book for the big screen in the 1960s, but then changed his mind and collaborated with Clarke on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ instead.

It took more than 60 years, but Childhood’s End is finally getting its (small) screen adaptation. American TV channel Syfy announced that they are producing a six-part television miniseries based on the novel.

SyFy’s adaptation will be written by Matthew Graham who wrote, amongst others, screenplays for the widely acclaimed British television series Life on Mars and several episodes of Doctor Who, and directed by Nick Hurran. The series will star Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as Overlord Karellen, the ‘Supervisor for Earth’, and Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) as Ricky Stormgren, the humanity’s sole representative to the Overlords, who will be in the TV adaptation an ordinary Midwestern farmer (in the original novel, slightly differently named Rikki Stormgren was the Finnish UN Secretary-General).

SyFy president Dave Howe called the show “The most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.”

Childhood’s End 6-episode television miniseries will be broadcast on Syfy in December 2015 over 3 nights. And while you wait, you can have a sneak preview of the series by watching the official trailer released by SyFy.