A drama project will not move forward after the cable network where it was in the works had a change of heart. Deadline.com reports that WGN America has opted out of the pilot “Roadside Picnic,” based on the novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.
However, Sony Pictures TV is reportedly already shopping the pilot to other distributors.
“Starring ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ alum Matthew Goode, alien saga ‘Roadside Picnic’ explores a near-future world where aliens have come and gone, leaving humankind to explore the wondrous and dangerous mysteries left behind,” Deadline notes. “The story also explores the social ramifications of their visit, as seen through the eyes of Red (Goode), a veteran ‘stalker’ who has made it his mission to illegally venture into the once-inhabited zone and scavenge the abandoned remains of the alien culture.”