The Man Who Fell To Earth was a science fiction film originally released in 1976 starring the one and only David Bowie — and recent news has it that the film, which has since become something of a cult classic given Bowie’s status in pop culture, is being adapted for a new television series.
Per Variety, the story (originally adapted from a 1963 book from author Walter Tevis) is being transitioned into a series for CBS All Access, It’s assumed that the new rendition of the story will depict the experience of an alien who arrives on Earth and has to “confront his own past to determine our future,” per Variety’s write-up.
Here’s the original film’s trailer:
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 with Aaron Baiers serving as co-executive producer. The series will be co-produced by CBS Television Studios and Tandem Productions, a StudioCanal Company, in association with Secret Hideout and Timberman/Beverly. StudioCanal owns the rights for both the book as well as the film.
The project had previously been in development at Hulu for the past year, but moved to All Access in the past few weeks as the rights were set to expire and Hulu was not prepared to move forward on production. CBS is said to have aggressively pursued the project when it became available.
According to Kurtzman and Lumet, the series will explore “the next chapter” of the story from the book and the movie. “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 told Variety ahead of the announcement. “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,” Lumet added. “We’re taking it forward.”