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Stranger in a Strange Land to be Syfy series

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Valentine Michael Smith is heading to Earth — and now maybe to television.

Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions are teaming up to develop Stranger in a Stranger Land into a TV series on Syfy, the companies announced Tuesday. Robert Heinlein’s novel will be adapted by Mythology Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions, and Vecchio Entertainment.

The 1961 sci-fi book follows the adventures of Smith, a lifelong native of Mars who travels to Earth as a young adult as a part of an expedition. The Library of Congress celebrated it in its 2012 exhibition, “Books That Shaped America.”

“Paramount TV is excited to have the opportunity to adapt Robert Heinlein’s seminal work of science fiction,” Paramount TV President Amy Powell said in a statement. “This novel has resonated with me since college and there’s a reason it has continued to find new fans for over 40 years. Syfy’s understanding of imaginative and futuristic programming is unmatched, making them an ideal partner for this series.”

“From my point of view, Stranger in a Strange Land isn’t just a science fiction masterpiece … it also happens to be one of my favorite books ever!” NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer said in a statement. “The story is timeless and resonates more than ever in today’s world. As a fan, I can’t wait to see it come to life as a world-class television event.”

Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment, Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch, and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions, and Joe Vecchio of Vecchio Entertainment will serve as executive producers. Mythology’s Julia Gunn will serve as co-executive producer.