The CW has acquired sci-fi novel The Terranauts with Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) set to produce.


It will be written by Zach Helm based on the novel by T.C. Boyle, which is being published today. Helm, Parsons and Spiewak executive produce. Eric Norsoph, Head of Development and Production for That’s Wonderful, will oversee the project for the company.

Here is the book synopsis:

Linda is desperate to be one of the lucky eight chosen to take part in the world’s most ambitious ecological experiment. Gazing longingly at Ecosphere II, which rises like a spaceship from the Arizona desert, Linda knows she can survive under its glass dome. Competition is fierce between the hopefuls, among them smooth-talking PR man Ramsay, and Dawn, a naïve beauty. All are certain that they would never, ever, break closure before two years are up – unlike their discredited predecessors.

Inside this humid microcosm, the terranauts’ labours over crops and livestock, their battles with creepy crawlies, their hostilities and sexual dalliances are all observed by the tourists who come to gawp, Mission Control’s cameras and the watchful eye of the media. As the crew struggles to control nature, and hunger sets in, the snake in this Eden starts to look unmistakably human.