By James Hibberd
Updated April 10, 2013 at 03:48 PM EDT
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Suburbanites choose gated community enclaves for their security and privacy. But what if one day you woke up and found the rest of the world had disappeared?

That’s the premise of a new thriller in development at Syfy from Oscar-winning director-producer Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, Flight) and with the writing team of John Brancato and Michael Ferris (Terminator Salvation).

Syfy is developing No Place, which is based on the Top Cow comic book The Test by Matt Hawkins and Joshua Hale Fialkov and is from Fox TV Studios. In the show’s official description, “residents of a high-tech gated community awaken one morning to find themselves alone and cut off from the rest of reality – nothing exists beyond the community’s walls. Only one man has contact with the powers responsible for what is known as ‘The Rift,’ and he must lead his fellow residents beyond the void to discover the truth.”

“We are very excited to be in business with this amazing A-list team,” said Mark Stern, president of original content, Syfy. “We look forward to them bringing their high-quality feature-level sensibility to this taut sci-fi drama.”

Other executive producer teams on the project include Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine, David Alpert (The Walking Dead) and Rick Jacobs, and Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri.

The project is expected to be unveiled at Syfy’s upfront presentation to advertisers this afternoon. In recent weeks, Syfy also gave a 13-episode order to Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ron Moore’s new project Helix.