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The Man Who Fell To Earth set for TV adaptation
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The Man Who Fell To Earth set for TV adaptation

The Man Who Fell To Earth, the iconic 1976 movie which starred David Bowie, is set to be adapted for TV. 

Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, the duo who have rebooted Star Trek for new series Star Trek: Discovery, will write and executive produce a new adaptation of the original Walter Tevis novel.

The Man Who Fell To Earth starred David Bowie as Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. After using the advanced technology of his home planet to patent many inventions on Earth, Newton becomes vastly wealthy, but soon slumps into alcoholism and depression. 

Nicholas Roeg directed the movie, with Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry and Bernie Casey in supporting roles. 

The new take has been given a series order by CBS. 

Speaking about the new adaptation, Kurtzman and Lumet said in a statement: "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 impact on our world. 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."

Back in 2016, the film was given a lavish re-release on DVD, Blu-Ray and Collector's Edition Blu-Ray. 

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