It's Saturday already! It's hard to believe how fast this Con is going by! I also thought about the math while in line earlier today, and I've spent three weeks of my life at San Diego Comics Conventions over the past five years! Anyway, fun facts aside, let's get into the first panel of the day: Childhood's End.
SyFy's miniseries, which will be broadcast across three nights for a total of six hours in December, is based on a 1953 novel by Arthur C. Clarke (yep, the 2001: A Space Odyssey guy!). The premise is that an alien invasion of Earth went from peaceful and prosperous for all to suspicion to concern, and you can imagine where it might be going from there. I mean, once kids begin to develop telekinetic powers, all bets are off. The novel is written in third-person with no protagonist, and is divided into three parts, which is a challenge to fully illustrate in a short screen time, which is why a feature film is not ideal.
On the panel we had cast members Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, and Yael Stone, plus director Nick Hurran and screenwriter Matthew Graham. The highly anticipated Mike Vogel, who was at SDCC on Thursday for CBS's Under the Dome, was mysteriously absent, as was Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister of Game of Thrones).
Shot in Australia earlier this year, the miniseries is remarkably difficult to discuss on the panel, other than saying "it's loyal to the book," as there are major spoilers possible. Fans seemed pleased with what they heard, however, so be sure to look forward to this holiday time treat! And, looking ahead, be excited about the 2016 series The Magicians - SyFy ended this panel with a trailer of that, and it was pretty neat!