CBS All Access has ordered a series based on Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and the famed 1976 Nicolas Roeg film adapttaion that starred David Bowie.
The series will follow an alien who arrives on earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future. It will explore the idea of what the title character would choose to look like in the modern world.
The project was previously in development at Hulu, but moved to All Access in the past month as Hulu was not prepared to move forward on production. CBS aggressively pursued it when it became available.
“Star Trek: Discovery” producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet will write, executive produce, and serve as co-showrunners, with Kurtzman also set to direct. Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, and Heather Kadin will also serve as executive producers. CBS Television Studios and Tandem Productions will produce.
A writers room on the show kicks off in September with the aim to be on the air by late 2020/early 2021.