Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” Remade As A Series

Following on from their success with “Salem,” “Manhattan,” “Outsiders” and “Underground,” WGN America is continuing its original scripted programming push with plans for an ambitious new series entitled “Roadside Picnic”.

Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World,” “Game of Thrones”) will direct and Jack Paglen (“Alien: Covenant”) will pen the script for the series which is based on the novel of the same name by Russian writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. That book was previously adapted to the screen by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1979 into his legendary film “Stalker”.

Deadline reports that “Watchmen” and “The Good Wife” alum Matthew Goode has signed on to star in the series with the pilot episode to be shot shortly. Goode play Red, a former ‘Stalker’ who enters the ‘Zone,’ an area that was once briefly inhabited by alien visitors – his mission is to scavenge technology.

Should it go to series, it would air sometime in 2017.