Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment hopes that it's going to find ratings and critical "life" on other planets, optioning award-winning science fiction author Frederik Pohl's 1977 novel Gateway for development as a TV series. The novel is the first in a series of six books in Pohl's "Heechee Saga" that chronicles the history of an alien race. The deal with Pohl's estate would allow Skybound to develop the other five books as well.
Serving as the first in a series of six books that also include Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, Heechee Rendezvous, The Annals of the Heechee, The Gateway Trip and The Boy Who Would Live Forever, Gateway introduces us to poor miner Robinette Broadhead, who gambles on a dangerous trip into space to find fortune and escape the difficulties of living on a barren and overcrowded Earth:
"Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe… and on reaches of unimaginable horror.
When prospector Robinette Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Rob Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he has become… in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!"
Pohl's career as a science fiction writer/editor spanned close to three-quarters of a century, with the author editing Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF from 1959-1969. Pohl would win the Hugo for IF three years running; and his writing also won him three Hugo awards and numerous Nebula Awards. Pohl would go on to become a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.
Gateway is just one of a number of projects currently running through Skybound, including an adaptation of The Walking Dead creator Kirkman's comic book Invincible. The company is also producing AMC's The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead and Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics; as well as Cinemax's Outcast.