Announced earlier this year, THQ and SyFy have finally unearthed some details on the upcoming Red Faction TV project. Titled Red Faction: Origins, the mini-series event (which both THQ and SyFy are hoping will become a series) will be set between the events of Red Faction: Guerilla and the upcoming Red Faction: Armageddon.
The Martian drama and over-the-top action we can expect from RF: Origins may have a serious tone given the plot of the project. Set 25 years after the events of RF: Guerrilla, Origins revolves around Jake Mason, the son of RF: Guerilla hero Alec Mason. You see after Alec liberates Mars things were good up until his wife was killed and his daughter was later kidnapped and assumed dead. Being the last member of the Mason clan Jake decides to look for his sister one more time.
Of course there’s a catch as Jake does find his sister alive and well but now she’s with a group that is set on destroying the Red Faction and conquering Mars. With that set-up it almost sounds like Jake and his sister should sit down for a Jerry Springer moment.
Written by Andrew Kinsberg (Vampire Diaries, Fringe), I’m sure Red Faction: Origins will be the first of many exciting new “transmedia” experiences. SyFy’s VP of Programming Mark Stern is excited for RF: Origins (how surprising) as he had this to say “This groundbreaking deal with THQ reflects our desire to deliver a completely immersive and enhanced viewing experience for the audience. We are excited to be working with the creative team at THQ in extending the vibrant world of Red Faction to our air.”
No casting announcements for Red Faction: Origins have been announced but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of the regular sci-fi project actors pop up in some capacity. Lou Diamond Philips and Ming-Na FTW! So far what SyFy and THQ have revealed about RF: Origins doesn’t sound entirely bad and it honestly doesn’t sound like an obvious commercial for RF: Armageddon. But I’m just a bit skeptical of what the overall quality of the project will be since I really don’t want to see a Martian landscape that is clearly the California desert or some obscure locale in Vancouver.
Red Faction: Origins is set to air exclusively on the SyFy network next March.