David Bowie’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth is being turned into a new television series!
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The sci-fi classic, based on Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel, is noted as one of Bowie’s most memorable roles. Playing an alien posing as a human, Bowie’s character Thomas Jerome Newton tries to save his home planet.
Not much information has been released in relation to the upcoming TV show, but CBS has nabbed Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) as writers, executive producers, and co-showrunners. Kurtzman will also direct the series.
While speaking to Variety, Kurtzman and Lumet say the series will explore “the next chapter” of the story after the novel and film.
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“Some strings will connect to both the novel and the film but if you haven’t seen the film or haven’t read the novel, it’s fine,” Kurtzman said. “You’ll get to have an experience that’s entirely singular. If you have, you’ll have the benefit of understanding the history of the world that both of those things set up.”
“We loved the emotional moments in the book and we loved the visual spectacle of the movie,” Lument said. “We’re taking it forward.”