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Star Trek: Discovery creator is adapting a classic David Bowie sci-fi movie for TV

Star Trek: Discoveryboss Alex Kurtzman is spearheading a TV adaptation of the sci-fi novel (and David Bowie-starring movie) The Man Who Fell to Earth.

The project was announced at this summer's Television Critics Association press tour (via Empire Magazine) and will premiere on CBS All Access, with Kurtzman penning the episodes alongside his Discovery colleague Jenny Lumet.

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However, Kurtzman's TV version won't remake the classic movie - which saw Bowie's alien visitor attempting to save his drought-stricken planet via Earth's water supply - as it'll instead act as something closer to a sequel.

He explained: "It's a new alien, a new character, a whole new situation, but it definitely holds true to the spirit of what [Walter] Tevis was doing in the novel."

The narrative will introduce technology that forever changes mankind, too, as Kurtzman told The Wrap it "allows us to really explore where we are at this insane intersection between our humanity and our technology, and they seem to be merging more and more these days.

"All the great sci-fi ends up predicting the future, if you look at all the things that really lasted, and Walter Tevis did that."

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The Man Who Fell to Earth's TV journey will commence once the Discovery duo finish work on the forthcoming third season.

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