Why Syfy’s ‘Ascension’ Isn’t Sticking to Producer’s Low-Budget Plan

Jul 15, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Syfy’s upcoming series “Ascension” is breaking away from producer Jason Blum’s plan to create what he calls a “lower-budget TV series,” Deadline.com reports, citing Blum's comments at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Blum, who is known for low-budget horror films such as “Insidious,” said he advocates lower budgets “so the filmmaker can have more creative control.” Originally, Blum had planned to set “Ascension,” a deep-space travel drama, in one location, as he does with his movies.

“We thought this was going to be a low-budget show, but it grew to be the size of the Queen Mary,” he said. “The scope of the show is enormous and the only way 600 people (in deep space) can live is if you have crops, and different living quarters.”

The drama is set to debut Nov. 24 for a six-episode run. Inspired by Project Orion of the late 1950s and early 1960s, it tracks a group of people on a spaceship who were sent by the Kennedy administration in 1963 to try to find a new world. The show picks up 50 years later, when someone is murdered on the ship.

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