The Man Who Fell to Earth sci-fi classic is becoming a TV series – CNET

David Bowie helped make director Nicolas Roeg's 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth a sci-fi classic.

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Writer/producer Alex Kurtzman is a busy man. He's deep into both Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Discovery, and his latest project will see him develop a TV adaptation of Walter Tevis' sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, another for CBS All Access. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.)

Most sci-fi fans may be familiar with The Man Who Fell to Earth from director Nicolas Roeg's 1976 film adaptation starring David Bowie.

.@CBSAllAccess would like to welcome #TheManWhoFellToEarth
to its slate of original series! This story 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 TV Studios (@CBSTVStudios) August 1, 2019

In it Bowie plays the otherworldly, tragic hero Thomas Jerome Newton — a humanoid alien who has come to Earth to retrieve water for his drought-stricken home planet.

Kurtzman is developing the new series with fellow Star Trek: Discovery writer Jenny Lumet. The duo will co-write the episodes — which will be a continuation of the story not a reboot — with Kurtzman directing, according to Deadline on Thursday.

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