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Sci-fi mini-series ‘Ascension’ lands in Montreal

Production will begin soon in Montreal on the SyFy mini-series 'Ascension.'.
Production will begin soon in Montreal on the SyFy mini-series 'Ascension.'.

TORONTO — The sci-fi mini-series Ascension is landing in Montreal.

Production will begin soon on the six-hour thriller for U.S. cable channel SyFy.

It comes from the mind of Philip Levens, a former writer and producer on the Vancouver-shot series Smallville.

SyFy plans to air Ascension in November. A Canadian broadcaster hasn’t been announced.

A description of the mini-series appears on the network’s website:

“In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.”

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No casting information has been revealed.

The network said Ascension could be turned into a series.

A number of shows that air on SyFy are made in Canada, including Defiance, Continuum, Lost Girl and Warehouse 13.

The series Helix and recently-cancelled series Being Human were both made in Montreal.