Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and John Hlavin to Serve as Co-Showrunners
Series to be Co-Produced by CBS Television Studios and TANDEM Productions
August 1, 2019 – CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced a new original series order for THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic film starring David Bowie. The announcement was made during CBS All Access’ executive session at the biannual Television Critics Association presentation.
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH 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.
Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet will write and executive produce and serve as co-showrunners alongside executive producer John Hlavin. Kurtzman will also direct. Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Heather Kadin will also serve as executive producers, and Aaron Baiers will serve as co-executive producer. The series will be co-produced by CBS Television Studios and TANDEM Productions, a STUDIOCANAL Company, in association with Secret Hideout and Timberman/Beverly. STUDIOCANAL owns the rights for both Walter Tevis’ book as well as the iconic Nicolas Roeg film with David Bowie.
“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 executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny 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.”
“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, Original Content, 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.”
“I’ve been a fan of this extraordinary film starring David Bowie for years,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “While no one can ever hope to surpass Bowie, bringing the film to series will allow for an ongoing detailed and nuanced exploration of the concepts established in the novel.”
“Owning an iconic property like this is a privilege. Alex and Jenny’s voices take Tevis’ provocative vision of humanity and finds today’s pulse and relevance,” said Rola Bauer, Executive Producer and MD of STUDIOCANAL TV.
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH joins CBS All Access’ growing slate of original series which currently include THE GOOD FIGHT, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, NO ACTIVITY, STRANGE ANGEL and TELL ME A STORY. CBS All Access’ slate of original series will continue to expand with upcoming new series WHY WOMEN KILL, premiering August 15, INTERROGATION and THE STAND, with additional programming to be announced. CBS All Access is also the exclusive domestic home to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, STAR TREK: PICARD and STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS.
About CBS All Access:
CBS All Access is CBS’ direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. CBS All Access gives subscribers the ability to watch more than 10,000 episodes on demand – spanning exclusive original series, CBS Television Network’s primetime, daytime and late night shows, plus classic TV hits – as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. CBS All Access’ original series include THE GOOD FIGHT, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, STRANGE ANGEL, TELL ME A STORY and NO ACTIVITY, as well as the upcoming INTERROGATION, WHY WOMEN KILL and THE STAND. CBS All Access is also the exclusive domestic home to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and the upcoming STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS and STAR TREK: PICARD featuring Sir Patrick Stewart. CBS All Access also includes the ability to stream CBS Interactive’s other live channels, CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.
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About CBS Television Studios:
CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming with more than 70 series currently in production across broadcast and cable networks, streaming services and other emerging platforms. The Studio’s expansive portfolio spans a diverse slate of commercially successful and critically acclaimed scripted programming, genre-defining franchises, including the ever-growing ”Star Trek” universe, award-winning late night and daytime talk shows, and an extensive library of iconic intellectual property.
About TANDEM Productions:
Since 1999, TANDEM Productions has been a leading producer of high-quality drama television series. Emmy® and Gemini Award-winning, and Golden Globe®-nominated, The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are among TANDEM’s award-winning and critically acclaimed productions. Based in Munich, Germany, TANDEM Productions was founded by Senior Partner/Managing Director Rola Bauer and Partner/Managing Director Tim Halkin. Jonas Bauer also became a partner in 2007.
In 2012, a new chapter in TANDEM’s history began with STUDIOCANAL taking a majority stake in the company. This enabled TANDEM to strengthen its one-hour series strategy, leading to TANDEM’s production of the procedural crime series, Crossing Lines, the Canal+ Création Originale drama series for NBCUniversal Cable’s Esquire Network in the U.S, Spotless, Take Two for ABC, VOX and France2 and most recently in production on SHADOWPLAY, a series created by Bron/The Bridge creator, Måns Mårlind. The primetime programs that TANDEM develops, finances and produces for the worldwide market and are exclusively distributed by STUDIOCANAL.
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