Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski will write Spike TV’s Red Mars, based on the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson’s trilogy about the terraforming of Mars.
HBO’s Game of Thrones co-executive producer Vince Gerardis is the producer, and author Robinson is a consultant.
All three novels in the trilogy won major sf awards — Red Mars (Nebula), Green Mars (Hugo) and Blue Mars (Hugo) — and are esteemed as examples of hard sf.
In recent years Straczynski has written the Clint Eastwood feature The Changeling and co-wrote Thor and World War Z. On the TV side, he is wrapping the first season of Sense8 for Netflix, an sf series he co-wrote and executive produces/runs with the Wachowskis.