FX is set to develop a new sci-fi comedy series based on an amazing sounding book called Redshirts by John Scalzi. The book is the 2013 Hugo Award winner, and the plan is to turn it into a limited series.
The story is set in the 25th century, and it "follows the adventures of five new recruits on the Starship Intrepid who come to realize that the ship’s crewmembers are dying at an alarming rate. Their investigation leads to the mind-bending discovery that a science fiction television show, produced in the early 21st century, has somehow 'intruded' upon their reality and 'warped' it. In other words, the lives of the crew are following the course of a television narrative over which they have no control."
I haven't read the book, but I have to say it sounds pretty freakin' amazing! I can't help but think that is is going to make for an incredible series. Producer Jon Shestack had this to say in a statement,
“Redshirts is a madcap, hyper-meta tale. If Jorge Luis Borges had been a staff writer on the original Star Trek, he would no doubt have concocted a story like Redshirts.”
I think I'm going to have to read the book before the series is released.