Syfy-mediumSyfy is reportedly close to picking up a new drama series from Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ron Moore.

Deadline reports that Syfy is close to picking up Helix as a series; bypassing the pilot and heading straight for a series. According to the website Helix is about a “team of scientists who, while investigating a possible outbreak of a disease at an Arctic research facility, find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.”

The series was developed by Cameron Porsandeh who will service as a co-executive producer with Ron Moore and Lynda Obst as executive producers. Since Battlestar Galactica drew to a conclusion in 2009 Moore has worked on a number of projects but most of them have not made it past the pilot stage. In 2009 he produced sci-fi drama pilot Virtuality for Fox which starred Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau but Fox opted not to pick up the series.

In 2011 the writer and producer developed fantasy pilot 17th Precinct for NBC; the pilot starred Battlestar Galactica alums Jamie Callis, Tricia Helfer and Jamie Bamber but NBC decided not to pick up 17th Precinct for a series and the pilot episode was not broadcast. Later in 2011 Moore was reported to be working on a new western series, Hangtown, for ABC with Caprica writer Matt Roberts. However, the number of other Western drama projects in development by other broadcasters put pay to the project.

In 2012 Moore was reported, by AintItCool.com, to be working on a series based on the 2001 film A Knight’s Tale for ABC. Later in the year Moore was said to be working on adapting the Outlander book series for television with Starz singing a deal to air the adaptation.

[Written by Dominic Knight, source: SFX]

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