David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell to Earth To Become TV Series


David Bowie had his silver screen debut back in 1976. That was as an alien in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth.

The film is an adaptation of Walter Tevis’ 1963 book, and four decades later the film is being made into a TV series by CBS.

The TV show will start “the next chapter” of The Man Who Fell to Earth by picking up where the movie left off. Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) has been tabled as the director.

CoS reports that as a TV show, Kurtzman plans to base the story around an alien who lands on earth when human evolution reaches a major turning point.

Speaking to Variety Kurtzman confirmed that the protagonist will follow in Bowie’s footsteps:

“Some strings will connect to both the novel and the film, but if you haven’t seen the film or haven’t read the novel, it’s fine. You’ll have an experience that’s entirely singular.”

The creators hope to have the alien examine what the main character would opt to resemble in our modern world.

As for who will fill Bowie’s shoes, that still remains to be seen. The creators said their ideal cast consists of “too many to name.”

CBS is set to release the series.

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