Chris Colfer is coming back to TV.
Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the Golden Globe-winning, New York Times bestselling author was uniting those two talents and coming back to the small screen.
Colfer, in conjunction with Sonar Entertainment, will be developing a new sci-fi drama. And not only will Colfer star in the series, he is also penning the pilot’s script and is rumoured to direct it as well.
The drama, Indigo will explore “the mysterious world of Indigo children – those who are misdiagnosed but wildly believed to possess extraordinary paranormal abilities – and the dark forces working to exploit their powers.”
While a network is not yet attached to the project, it is believed that the series will be shopped around to broadcast, cable, premium and streaming services. From the outline it sounds like the perfect vehicle for Netflix, who has had enormous success with sci-fi drama Stranger Things, which has a slightly similar bent.
This is not Colfer’s first time creating a vehicle for himself. In 2012, he wrote and starred in the feature film Struck by Lightning. He also wrote the episode “Old Dog New Tricks” for Glee’s fifth season. His ability to successfully juggle sassy, sarcastic humour and serious, complex societal issues should make this new series gripping, quirky, and fantastical interspersed with lighter moments. You can be sure that we will be following the development of Indigo closely.
While waiting for more news, there are plenty more creative works coming from Colfer over the next few months. His young adult novel Stranger than Fanfiction is released February 28 in North America, March 7 in the UK and March 14 in Australia. The sixth and last novel in his children’s fantasy series The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide, will be out July 11 along with the series companion book, Trollbella Throws A Party.