Newswire: Syfy is making futuristic prison show that is definitely not Escape From New York

Perhaps the licensing fees for Syfy’s new based-on-an-existing-property show 12 Monkeys are a little steeper than the network expected, because it just began developing a show that it wants to assure you is not based on any existing intellectual property rights. Deadline reports that the channel is prepping 51st State, a drama about a futuristic prison society. And even though it sounds a lot like Escape From New York, there are many ways to know that it is nothing like Escape From New York. The title, for example.

The show, written by Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten, is set in a United States where an overwhelming prison population leads the country to purchase Greenland—in the future, an obtainable spittoon for American cast-offs—and convert it into a prison colony, housing men and women together with the promise of limited freedom. That promise is soon broken, leading to …

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