Syfy and developer THQ have begun production on Red Faction: Origins, a live-action TV movie based on the popular video-game franchise.
Announced in July, the backdoor pilot boasts a cast familiar to fans of sci-fi television, including Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica) and Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood). Michael Nankin (Caprica, Battlestar Galactica) will direct from a script by Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13, Fringe), based on a story by THQ's Paul DeMeo (The Rocketeer, The Flash).
Red Faction: Origins follows the children of rebel hero Alec Mason, set during a period between Red Faction: Guerrilla -- the third installment of the game franchise -- and the upcoming Red Faction: Armageddon.
Twenty-five years have passed since Alec Mason (Patrick) led the Martian Colonies to freedom, and 12 years since vengeful enemies killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter Lyra (The Tudors' Tamzin Merchant), leaving a broken hero in their wake. Jake Mason (Smith), Alec's last surviving son and an officer in the Red Faction Militia, has his world turned inside out when he discovers that his sister is still alive. As a powerful new enemy swarms across the planet, Jake goes out to find her, only to learn that his lost sister is one of them -- a cold-blooded soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction.
Red Faction: Origins will debut in May on Syfy.