Recently, Viacom and CBS Corporation merged and announced the intention to transform the CBS All Access streaming service into a larger platform called Paramount+. With content originally airing on beloved channels like Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, Paramount+ looks to gain footing in the streaming wars currently dominated by Netflix and Disney+. With a slew of original programming coming to the service, a new project is currently in the works. As first reported by Deadline, Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in a series adaptation of the 1976 British sci-fi film, The Man Who Fell to Earth.
The original film stars the late, great David Bowie. Based on Walter Tevis’s 1963 novel of the same name, the film follows an extraterrestrial who crash lands on Earth. Seeking a way to deliver water back to his planet, which is suffering from a severe drought, the alien soon finds himself at the mercy of human corruption. Directed by Nicolas Roeg (The Witches) and written by Paul Mayersberg (Captive), the film still is celebrated as Bowie’s first starring film role.
Per the initial report, Ejiofor will star in the series as a new alien character. After arriving on earth, he must confront the horrors of his past to help shape the future of humans. The Paramount+ adaptation is co-written and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Picard) and Jenny Lumet (Clarice). The filmmaking duo will also serve as the project’s showrunners.
Recently, Ejifoer starred alongside Anne Hathaway in the HBO Max original film LockedDown. Up next, Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to reprise his magical role of Baron Mordo in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange sequel. Additionally, the actor will also star with Mark Wahlberg and Dylan O’Brien in Antoine Fuqua’s Infinite.
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