A highly-anticipated drama series has found a new home under the ViacomCBS umbrella. A press release announced Showtime will exclusively air the upcoming reboot series of The Man Who Fell to Earth. Set for a 2022 debut on the network, the show stars Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (Talk to Me, 12 Years a Slave). The series had originally been set for the rebranded streaming platform, Paramount+.
The Man Who Fell to Earth is based on the novel written by Walter Tevis (The Hustler, The Color of Money). During a monumental shift in human life, an alien descends upon the planet, seeking solutions for the future by exploring his mysterious past. The novel was adapted for film in 1976 directed by Nicolas Roeg (Don’t Look Now, Bad Timing). Musician and cultural icon, the late David Bowie (Labyrinth, The Prestige), played the role of the foreign being.
According to the press release, the series is helmed by Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy, Star Trek: Picard), Jenny Lumet (Clarice, On the Record), and John Hlavin (Shooter, Underworld: Awakening). The trio will executive produce along with, Sarah Timberman (Masters of Sex, Elementary), Carl Beverly (Kidnapped, A Gifted Man), and Heather Kadin (Star Trek: Discovery, Sleepy Hollow). The series is produced by CBS Studios along with Studiocanal’s Rola Bauer (Treasure Guards, The Lost Future) and Francoise Guyonnet (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 2). Studiocanal is the proprietor of the novel and film.
“We could not be more excited to bring The Man Who Fell to Earth to Showtime,” Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime said via the press release. “This provocative drama, beautifully written by Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and John Hlavin harkens to the original film but feels reborn in capturing the themes of modern culture while challenging our assumptions of human nature. Chiwetel Ejiofor is a mesmerizing actor who draws you in with every action, thought and emotion, and he will be a phenomenal force igniting this journey,” Winograde stated via the press release.
In addition to executive producing, Kurtzman and Lumet will write the script with Kurtzman directing multiple episodes, via the press release.
“Everything about this extraordinary story and its creative origins demands a bold, subversive approach to exploring what it means to be human in a world that’s never been more connected and disconnected,” said Kurtzman, Lumet and Hlavin via the press release. “David Nevins and the entire CBS Studios team have really inspired us with their passion for this legacy, and we’re thrilled to call Showtime our new home,” the showrunners stated via the press release.