The Man Who Fell To Earth Lands As New CBS All Access Original Series

Adapted from the Walter Tevis novel and iconic David Bowie movie, the sci-fi series will explore humanity through an alien's eyes.
Posted on Aug 1, 2019 | 03:30pm
Science-fiction characters don't get more compelling than "a tech god Willy Wonka from another planet," which is exactly how Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet describe the legendary role they'll bring to life in The Man Who Fell To Earth, which was just ordered to series for CBS All Access.

The new original series is based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name which spawned the classic sci-fi film starring David Bowie, and 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.

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According to Kurtzman and Lumet, previous versions of the work "foretold Steve Jobs' and Elon Musk's impacts on our world." This new 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."

"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 of Original Content at 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."

Kurtzman and Lumet, who are also slated to write and serve as Co-Showrunners, will be joined by Executive Producers Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, and Heather Kadin, and Co-Executive Producer Aaron Baiers. Kurtzman will also direct.

The Man Who Fell To Earth joins the growing slate of original series on CBS All Access, including The Good Fight, The Twilight Zone, No Activity, Strange Angel, and Tell Me A Story.

Also coming soon to CBS All Access is the dark comedy Why Women Kill, which premieres Thursday, August 15, the true-crime drama Interrogation, and The Stand, a limited-event series based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

Of course, CBS All Access is also the exclusive U.S. home to Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and Star Trek: Lower Decks.

Stay tuned to CBS.com for more information about The Man Who Fell To Earth, coming soon to CBS All Access.