A mini series in two parts (3 hours). Riverworld is based on Farmer's novels in the Riverworld series. However most of the characters in the movie are different from those in the books. But at least we have Sam and Burton 'on board'.
The movie had its premiere on April 18, 2010 on Syfy (US), both parts in one block. It has been repeated the same night and again on April 19. It surely will be repeated many times after that on Syfy.

What we have here is the official trailer of the movie, the cast and the director, several screen shots, and a synopsis. Plus some links, for instance to an interview with the writer of the movie, Robert Hewitt Wolfe.
Director and Cast
Michael O'Connor
Stuart Gillard
Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Tahmoh Penikett (Matt)
Laura Vandervoort (Jessie)
Mark Deklin (Sam)
Peter Wingfield (Burton)
Jeananne Goossen (Tomoe)
Matthew MacCaull (Hal)
Matty Finochio (Antonio)
Romina D'Ugo (Allegra)
Kwesi Ameyaw (Youseff)
Meg Roe (Amalie)
Thea Gill (Female Caretaker)
Alan Cumming (Judas Caretaker)
Arnold Pinnock (Simon)
Michael Adamthwaite (Evgeny)
Bruce Ramsay (Pizarro)

Alan Cumming

When American war zone journalist Matt Ellman (Tahmoh Penikett, Battlestar Galactica) and his fiancée, Jessie Machalan (Laura Vandervoort, Smallville), are killed in an explosion, Matt awakens, separated from Jessie, on the banks of a river snaking endlessly across a mysterious new plane of existence. On Riverworld, everyone who has ever lived on Earth, ever soul throughout time, has been reborn along the banks of a seemingly endless river. Determined to locate Jessie, Matt aligns with Tomoe (Jeananne Goossen, Falcon Beach) , a 13th century female warrior, Allegra (Romina D’Ugo, Hairspray), a 15th century courtesan of shifting alliances, and American novelist and Riverboat captain Samuel Clemens (Mark Deklin, Justice), better known as Mark Twain. With a full crew of adventurers, they embark upriver to understand where they are, why they are here, and to what unknowable end the river winds.

Under the guidance of the peculiar Caretaker (Alan Cumming, Tin Man), their quest takes them below to a torturous Cavern of Souls and the Underworld prison, above in a Zeppelin piloted by a brilliant German engineer, and forward to cross paths with renowned explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton (Peter Wingdfield, 24) who has joined forces with Francisco Pizzaro to conquer and destroy Riverworld. For Matt, each unfathomable day, each nefarious encounter, only deepens the conundrum of Riverworld and raises more questions…What happened to Earth and when? What is the purpose of the burning Orb? What powers are contained in the infamous Dark Tower? And why is their every move being followed by the watchful eye of an alien being? The answers are waiting beyond the endless swells of Riverworld.

“Charting a territory somewhere between Gulliver's Travels and The Lord of the Rings” (Time), Philip Jose Farmer’s Hugo Award-winning saga becomes a spectacular miniseries event—a feast for the eyes, the mind, and the heart of everyone who longs to explore the meaning of life, the mysteries of death, and everything that lies between.
Screen shots

Riverworld has been filmed in Canada.
Riverworld (2010) at IMDb

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