Cory Doctorow and the rest of the Boing Boing crew are wearing frock coats and derbies and all ran-tan in celebratory preparation for the upcoming premiere of Riese: Kingdom Falling. The retooled, steampunk original web series debuts on Syfy.com Tuesday, October 26.
Riese‘s initial run wasn’t long for the internet. The show was released in late 2009 by creators Ryan Copple and Kaleena Kiff as an alternate-reality-game-slash-web-series. The duo partnered with UK-based digital distributor, Fireworks four months later. Copple and Kiff then took down the series per a request from Fireworks in the hopes some type of moneyed distribution or development deal would follow. Two months later, they signed with Syfy.
A $200,000 production budget put to very good use, a compelling fantasy-infused storyline, and a host of Hollywood talent – including Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary), Christine Chatelain (The Bone Collector); Sharon Taylor (Stargate Universe), Ben Cotton (Harper’s Island), Allison Mack (Smallville); Ryan Robbins (Caprica), Patrick Gilmore (Stargate Universe), Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica) and Emilie Ullerup (Sanctuary) – made Riese an appealing acquisition.
In its online reincarnation, Riese brings along with it an iPhone game developed by Vancouver-based Genius Factor and voiced by online video superstar, Felicia Day. Liz Miller at NewTeeVee also reports the show got a shiny new edit thanks to Syfy’s collaboration with Copple and his team.
Check out the Syfy.com premiere of Riese: Kingdom Falling October 26 at 12PM. New episodes of the 10-part series will be released every Tuesday and Thursday.