CBS is working on a new original series for the All Access digital subscription service that’s based on “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” the 1976 movie starring David Bowie and the Walter Tevis novel of the same name.
Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and John Hlavin are on board as co-showrunners, with the series to be co-produced by CBS Television Studios and Tandem Productions. The network announced the project during its CBS All Access presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
“‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ 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,” CBS said in its announcement.
In a joint statement, executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet said: “Walter Tevis’ visionary novel gave us a tech god Willy Wonka from another planet, brought to life by David Bowie’s legendary performance, that foretold Steve Jobs’ and Elon Musk’s impacts on our world. 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.”