The series would follow “a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack,” according to the site.
The show is from Universal Cable Prods and BermanBraun, who produce the network’s newest scripted success Alphas. Marks wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Tom Spezialy (Chaos), Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein.
“Justin Marks has created a time-travel series with an exciting innovative approach that really exemplifies Syfy’s commitment to bring compelling storytelling to life,” said Mark Stern, Syfy’s president of original content.
A time travel series has lots of room for potential, but Rewind will need to distinguish itself from similar fare of the past, including Quantum Leap and especially Seven Days, which had a premise very similar to the one described above.
Syfy has been focusing more heavily on the development of new reality-based series than ever before, with a small handful of scripted dramas currently in the pipe. Once pitched as a half-hour comedy, Three Inches was retooled as an action-adventure hour starring James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). It has apparently not been picked up to series, with the 2-hour pilot burned off in a single broadcast on Syfy between Christmas and New Year’s last month.
The Battlestar Galactica spin-off Blood & Chrome reportedly finished the heavy post-production on its pilot in November, and Syfy is expected to make a decision on its future in the coming weeks.
Three other scripted one-hour dramas are one step behind Rewind — in development but not yet with a pilot order (story). They include supernatural-themed Seeing Things and Ghost Projekt, and an untitled, space-based show from Andromeda showrunner Robert Hewitt Wolfe.
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