Director Bryan Singer and SyFy are coming together to bring us a pretty cool new six-hour miniseries, which dives into the the Mayan calendar prophecies surrounding the 2012 doomsday madness. This in no way is based on the movie that is being made by director Roland Emmerich, of course it probably didn't hurt the project from moving forward either. The miniseries will be written by Michael Petroni (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Dawn Treader) and Michael Bond (Passengers). The untitled project is described as...
...a thrilling action-adventure story blending scientific fact and myth with popular conspiracy theories centering on the Mayan calendar and what it predicts for mankind at its end date. With a feel of Da Vinci Code and National Treasure, it tells the story of a down-on-his-luck author/professor who goes on a worldwide adventure to uncover the mysteries surrounding the Mayan calendar and the potential apocalypse it seems to have predicted centuries ago. With an unlikely team, he races against time to prevent global catastrophe, and in doing so ultimately rediscovers his faith in humanity and himself.
Singer had this to say about the project:
I have always been fascinated by the various myths and conspiracy theories surrounding the Mayan calendar. It's the most accurate calendar created by man, so accurate that many believe its origins may lie elsewhere. Regardless of what you believe, what is truly mysterious about this is that a number of cultures and religions, including Hinduism, all point toward a period of great upheaval which happens to coincide with the final month and year marked by the calendar. Our story will explore whether we are truly alone in the universe, and other related mysteries, all of which are set against the backdrop of an incredibly exciting and fast-paced adventure.
I've always had a fascination with the Mayan calendar as well. Its amazing how accurate it is, and how it had predicted several major events throughout history. When I first started reading about the Mayan calendar a few years ago I thought how it would make such a great movie. Now we have a movie coming out that is laughable, and a new TV miniseries being made that may actually be decent. What do you think?