Mutliplatform Entertainment company Skybound Entertainment, commonly known for genre properties (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast, Invincible), has optioned Frederik Pohl’s 1977 science fiction novel Gateway for television development, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Gateway follows the story of Robinette Stetley Broadhead, a poor miner traveling to an abandoned alien space station in search of a life better than the one he knows on a barren and overcrowded planet Earth. Though the prospect of returning with untold riches is significant, his chance of death is even higher.
Gateway is the first of six novels that make up the Heechee Saga, named after the fictional Heeche alien race created by Pohl. Skybound has the ability to develop the five stories that follow Gateway, which together complete the Heeche Saga, for television as well.
Skybound’s film and television team will produce the project, with Frederik Pohl IV attached as a creative consultant. Frederik Pohl IV is the co-executor of the Frederik Pohl estate alongside Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, the widow of Frederik Pohl.