The unquestionably iconic David Bowie sci fi movie The Man Who Fell To Earth was released in 1976.
However, it has just been unveiled that the film will be re-imagined into a TV series.
David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell To Earth is being adapted by CBS into a TV series. One thing is clear. Ziggy Stardust will live forever.
The classic sci-fi film, based on Walter Trevis’ 1963 novel of the same name, became one of Bowie’s most memorable roles as Thomas Jerome Newton. There is no body better on earth to play an alien posing as a human in an attempt to save their home planet.
The show is being adapted by CBS All Access. Although the cast has not yet been announced, Alex Kurtzman, who has previously worked on Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married, are slated as writers, executive producers and showrunners. Kurtzman is also set to direct the show.
Kurtzman and Lumet have spoken out about the show recently, stating that it is set to continue where the 1976 film left off.
Watch the original trailer below:
Kurtzman explained: “Some strings will connect to both the novel and the film but if you havn’t seen the film or havn’t read the novel, it’s fine. 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.”
Lumet added: “We loved the emotional moments in the book and we loved the visual spectacle of the movies. We’re taking it forward.”
As of yet there is no release date announced, however, we can’t wait to see who the cast will be and if they can live up to the inherent, talent and weirdness of Bowie’s inspired seminal role.
Long live Ziggy Stardust!