Fox TV Studios is teaming with several international broadcasters to produce Defying Gravity, a 13-episode adventure drama series starring Office Space star Ron Livingston.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox will join Canada's CTV, Germany's ProSieben and the BBC to produce Gravity, a series from creator/exec producer James Parriott (Grey's Anatomy). The show is set in the near future and revolves around eight astronauts from five different countries who embark on a six-year exploration of the solar system. The first episode is set to begin production Jan. 19 in Vancouver.
Gravity follows Mental and Persons Unknown in a string of independently produced Fox TV Studios series to go into production with international partners. All three series will have a combined budget of more than $70 million and will produce 13 episodes. Once completed, Gravity will be shopped to U.S. networks as a finished product.
This model allows the studio to see more projects through at lower cost, providing more flexibility and the hope of greater profits.
Livingston's TV credits include stints on The Practice, Sex and the City and the lead in the short-lived Standoff.