The Man Who Fell to Earth Reboot Series Lands at CBS All Access
A new television adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth has been ordered straight to series at CBS All Access.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, CBS' The Man Who Fell to Earth will be written and executive produced by Star Trek: Discovery's Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, who will also serve as co-showrunners. Based on Walter Trevis' 1963 novel of the same name, as well as director Nicolas Roeg's 1976 film adaptation -- which famously starred David Bowie in his first leading role -- The Man Who Fell to Earth follows an extraterrestrial who comes to our planet.
Kurtzman explains that the series will "imagine the next step in our evolution, seen through the eyes of an alien who must learn what it means to become human, even as he fights for the survival of his species."Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Start now
The Man Who Fell to Earth will be co-produced by CBS TV Studios and Tandem Productions. This is of note because Tandem's parent company, StudioCanal, owns the rights to both the original novel and the 1976 film. Additionally, Kurtzman will be executive producing under his Secret Hideout production company, which is currently signed to an overall deal with CBS. The Man Who Fell to Earth was originally set to stream on Hulu. However, sources claim the streaming giant was unable to get the ball rolling in a time frame that would satisfy the rights holders.
Other executive producers on the series include Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Heather Kadin, with Aaron Baers erving as a co-executive producer. Timberman and Beverly originally signed on to The Man Who Fell to Earth when it was being developed for Hulu, and remain attached to the project.
"I've been a fan of this extraordinary film starring David Bowie for years," said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. "While no one can ever hope to surpass Bowie, brining the film to series will allow for an ongoing, detailed and nuanced exploration of the concepts established in the novel."
On that note, Kurtzman and Lumet have acknowledged the elephant in the room regarding the new series: casting. "[Bowie] was a magical creature, a unicorn. We're not trying to replicate that," the duo explained. "What was interesting to us about that character and the novel was this creature who didn't understand us and what it meant to be human being. We're going to look for somebody who is going to transform themselves into this incredible creature. What will be fun is to see how they go from literally not understanding human language to being the modern equivalent of Steve Jobs and to watch that evolution."
CBS All Access' The Man Who Fell to Earth does not have an announced release window, nor has an episode count been revealed.