The 1976 cult classic movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth," which starred David Bowie in his first film role, is getting a television remake.
CBS All-Access ordered the project from "Star Trek: Discovery" and "Picard" producer Alex Kurtzman, who will serve as co-showrunner with Jenny Lumet.
"The Man Who Fell to Earth" follows an alien who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine humankind's future.
The 1976 film was based on a 1963 novel by Walter Tevis.
“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 Kurtzman and 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.”
The producers were inspired by the late Steve Jobs. Lumet said, "“We were thinking about the day 12 years ago when Steve Jobs took the stage and introduced the iPhone and it fundamentally changed how we live and communicate and Alex says, ‘What if he’s an alien?’ Here we are where we’ve never been more connected but never been further apart.”
Kurtman explained that the series is designed to run for a minimum of three seasons, with the first season focusing on the alien’s ascension to the head of a tech company.
Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is an alien who has come to Earth in search of water to save his home planet. Aided by lawyer Oliver Farnsworth (Buck Henry), Thomas uses his knowledge of advanced technology to create profitable inventions. While developing a method to transport water, Thomas meets Mary-Lou (Candy Clark), a quiet hotel clerk, and begins to fall in love with her. Just as he is ready to leave Earth, Thomas is intercepted by the U.S. government, and his entire plan is threatened. Read More