Syfy Announces Development of Futuristic Prison Drama 51st State

Earlier today, Syfy announced development of 51st State, a one-hour drama about a futuristic prison society from Fox 21 Television Studios.

The pilot will be written by Oscar nominee Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), based on his pitch to Syfy. Borten will also serve as executive producer along with Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Katherine Pope (New Girl).

Here’s what we know about the series so far from Syfy’s press release:

As 51st State unfolds, the United States, confronting a prison population stretched to the limit, purchases Greenland and converts it into a frontier prison colony with male and female convicts incarcerated together.

Promised conditional freedom, the inmates are driven to the edge of their humanity when that promise, along with others, is broken. Struggling to seize control and exact revenge, reluctant heroes emerge — but what exactly are they fighting for?

Will you be keeping tabs on this one?

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