By Emily Rome
June 07, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
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HBO has conquered the fantasy genre with Game of Thrones, and now the cable network is looking to delve into science fiction with a project called The Spark, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

Now in development (so it’s not guaranteed to be picked up to air), The Spark comes from the mind of Karl Gajdusek, creator of military TV series Last Resort, which premiered last fall but was canceled by ABC mid-season. Gajdusek also co-wrote the recent Tom Cruise sci-fi flick Oblivion.

Here’s the story description for the potential series from Deadline’s report:

[The Spark] is set in a world undergoing a technological/industrial revolution in the near future when contacted by a signal from beyond the solar system. It centers on the human reaction to a mystery still spiritually and technologically out of reach and follows a female protagonist as she works on the cusp of the Earth’s effort to discover the origin of the signal.

Gajdusek is writing the pilot and would executive produce the show.

Read more:

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HBO orders dramedy starring ‘Glee’ actor Jonathan Groff

‘Oblivion’ premiere: Tom Cruise and the cast debate the future’s best gadgets

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