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Syfy orders series based on Whitley Strieber’s ‘Alien Hunter’

Another Whitley Strieber novel is being adapted for the screen.

Syfy has issued a 13-episode order for a new series titled Hunters, based on Strieber’s alien crime drama novel Alien Hunter. The book “chronicles the disappearance of a decorated Philadelphia cop’s wife, which leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists — shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world,” explains Deadline Hollywood.

Cover of Strieber's book. (Credit: Tor Books)
Cover of Strieber’s book. (Credit: Tor Books)

“We were so impressed by the pilot script from this outstanding and accomplished creative team led by Gale Anne Hurd and Natalie Chaidez,” states Syfy president Dave Howe. “This fast-paced and innovative program takes viewers inside a chilling yet all too familiar world.”

Gale Anne Hurd is a powerhouse producer, with such shows under her belt as The Walking Dead, the Terminator movies, Aliens, and The Abyss, just to name a few. Earlier this year, AMC announced that The X-Files creator Chris Carter and Hurd are both attached to a new television series in development for the network about Area 51.

Strieber, who is a self-proclaimed abductee, has seen his novels adapted for the screen several times before. The 1989 film Communion, starring Christopher Walken, was based on his book by the same name. And his book The Hunger was adapted for the 1983 film of the same name starring David Bowie and Susan Sarandon.

Syfy has Hunters slated for a 2016 premiere.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Seriously? More absolute crap from Whitley Strieber? The delusional moron sees owls for crying out loud and thinks he’s been abducted? OMG as if anyone would take what he says as truth. Looks like I’ll be changing the channel.

  2. Geeze quartercat, you expect me to believe the crap that Whitley spews because that’s all part of having an open mind? LOL Having an open mind doesn’t mean one is gullible does it? He started out writing fiction and now it’s called non fiction? I think he should be seeing a psychiatrist get him on some of those anti-psychotic meds. Oh he already is. My bad.

  3. Sheila you simple minded American fool- just because your government does not want to
    talk about it does not mean your crazy. I find America was so smart it would have anticipated
    the occupation in Crimea. China and Russia are into UFO’s and I think your upset that life could
    appear elsewhere and may or may not take interest in our affairs and if technologically superior
    ‘abduct’ us like human scientists experiment on animals. Your the one who will have to deal with
    the day when humans will have to accept we are far from alone in the universe. I am also told
    America is the most medicated people on the planet….could explain your countries stupid decisions
    of late. Mr Strieber is a NYT bestsellers….so many know of his work- here and overseas

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