Showtime is working on a series The Man Who Fell To Earth adaptation, based on the classic sci-fi novel from Walter Tevis. Written in the 1960’s, and adapted to the screen previously in 1976 with David Bowie, it will be fun to see a new take on the story.
This page was updated: 7/20/22
About The Book:
Thomas Jerome Newton is an alien disguised as a human, who comes to Earth on a mission to save his people. Devastated by nuclear war, his home planet, Anthea, is no longer habitable. Newton lands in Kentucky and starts patenting Anthean technology—amassing the fortune he needs to build a spaceship that will bring the last three hundred Anthean survivors to Earth.
But instead of the help he seeks, he finds only self-destruction, sinking into alcoholism and abandoning his spaceship.
He must find the one woman who can help save his species. Together they discover that in order to save his world, they must first save ours.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
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Current Production Status:
Full series released as of July 3rd.
The Man Who Fell To Earth Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in 1963.
The first public announcement of the new adaptation was in August 2019 when the production was moved from Hulu to CBS All Access. After a year in development at Hulu the project was moved after Disney acquired 21st Century Fox which led to disagreements over co-producing credits.
In February 2021 Chiwetel Ejiofor was cast the lead. The next month the project was moved again, this time to Showtime. In March and April there were more casting announcements including Naomie Harris as a co-lead. Filming began in May 2021 in London.
In February 2022 the first trailer was released along with the premier date of April 24th.
The show currently has a 86% tomatometer and 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 6.9/10 on IMDb.
Who Owns The Rights:
CBS Studios, Showtime Networks
Who Is Attached:
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, Kate Mulgrew, Rob Delaney
London, England. Desierto de Tabernas, Almería, Andalucía, Spain.
April 24th, 2022
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Other Adaptations From This Author:
The very popular Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit was based on another Walter Tevis novel.
There was a previous The Man Who Fell To Earth adaptation, a movie starring David Bowie that came out in 1976.
Martin Scorsese directed a 1986 movie adaptation of The Color of Money.