“Terminator Genisys” and “Thor: The Dark World” director Alan Taylor is set to direct the pilot for a sci-fi series adaptation of “Roadside Picnic” for WGN America, Sony Pictures TV and Tribune Studios.
Based on Russian authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s famed 1972 novel, the story deals with an alien visitation to Earth whose aftermath has led to the creation of ‘Zones’ in the areas where the aliens had possibly landed.
Such zones exhibit strange and dangerous phenomena not understood by humans, and contain artifacts with inexplicable, seemingly supernatural properties.
Jack Paglen (“Transcendence”) adapted the script while Neal Moritz will produce. The property was previously adapted for the screen as Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” in 1979.