Warner Bros.
May 09, 2016 at 08:51 PM EDT

It’s happening: Syfy’s Superman prequel project Krypton has been given a pilot order.

The series is set two generations before the destruction of the Man of Steel’s home planet. Krypton will “follow Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.”

The show is executive produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Da Vinci’s Demons) along with showrunner Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow). Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders) is set to direct and co-executive produce the pilot. Goyer wrote the pilot script along with Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time).

Krypton is one of the most iconic stories in the comic book universe,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “In the talented hands of David S. Goyer and the DC Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television team, this exciting Syfy project will take viewers back to Superman’s home to show how the timeless legend began.”

Given that Superman’s home planet got considerable screentime in 2013’s Man of Steel film that Goyer also wrote, it will be interesting to see how closely that version of the planet resembles what we see here.

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