CBS All Access, CBS' digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced a new original series order for The Man Who Fell to Earth, based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic film starring David Bowie. The announcement was made during CBS All Access' executive session at the biannual Television Critics Association presentation.
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.
"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," said executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. "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."
Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet will write and executive produce and serve as co-showrunners alongside executive producer John Hlavin. Kurtzman will also direct. Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Heather Kadin will also serve as executive producers, and Aaron Baiers will serve as co-executive producer. The series will be co-produced by CBS Television Studios and Tandem Productions, a StudioCanal Company, in association with Secret Hideout and Timberman/Beverly. StudioCanal owns the rights for both Walter Tevis' book as well as the iconic Nicolas Roeg film with David Bowie.
"We are thrilled to add another iconic genre favorite to our lineup as we expand original programming on CBS All Access," said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. "We know this series will capture the soul and spirit of the source material and further push narrative boundaries in the capable hands of Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and the entire producing team."
"I've been a fan of this extraordinary film starring David Bowie for years," said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. "While no one can ever hope to surpass Bowie, bringing the film to series will allow for an ongoing detailed and nuanced exploration of the concepts established in the novel."
Rola Bauer, Executive Producer and MD of Studiocanal TV had this to add:
"Owning an iconic property like this is a privilege. Alex and Jenny's voices take Tevis' provocative vision of humanity and finds today's pulse and relevance."
The Man Who Fell to Earth joins CBS All Access' growing slate of original series which currently include The Good Fight, The Twilight Zone, No Activity, Strange Angel and Tell Me A Story.