Sci Fi Channel has green lighted Revolution, a two-hour futuristic action-drama pilot from writers Ed Redlich and John Bellucci, with Simon West in negotiations to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Redlich describes the project as "re-envisioning the American Revolution 200 years in the future."

Revolution is set in New America, a distant colony on an Earth-like planet struggling for its independence from an increasingly hostile homeland, the United State.

"It centers on two multigenerational families related by marriage -- a loyalist family and a family that is leaning toward rebellion -- and how the impending revolution impacts their lives," said Redlich.

The pilot is slated to begin production in January. If it is picked up as a series, Sci Fi is looking at a summer debut.

"This is a very relatable family drama filled with issues that we identify with: freedom and the rights of the individual versus the rights of the state. All of those things are very much in the world we live in now," says Mark Stern, the network's executive vp of original programming. "Also, it's just a really wonderfully written script that combines sci-fi elements with strong, emotional character drama, similar to (Sci Fi's) Battlestar Galactica."