'Queen's Gambit' Creator Scott Frank to Tackle 'The Sparrow' for FX

Scott Frank

The Queen's Gambit co-creator Scott Frank is headed to FX for his next TV project.

The Disney-owned cable outlet is developing a limited series adaptation of Mary Doria Russell's novel The Sparrow. Frank will write all episodes of the project, and Johan Renck (Chernobyl) is attached to direct.

Published in 1996, The Sparrow follows a group of Jesuit priests and scientists, led by linguist Father Emilio Sandoz, that makes the first contact with extraterrestrial life. The Vatican then backs a secret mission to a faraway planet in order to prove the existence of God throughout the universe.

The mission, however, ends in disaster and Sandoz, the lone survivor, returns to Earth a broken man to face a Vatican inquiry into the now scandalous misadventure.

Frank is coming off The Queen's Gambit at Netflix. The show, based on a novel by Walter Tevis, became the streamer's most watched limited series ever by Netflix metrics and racked up several billion minutes of viewing time following its Oct. 23 release, according to Nielsen figures.

He is also a two-time Oscar nominee for best adapted screenplay for Logan (shared with Michael Green and James Mangold) and Out of Sight, and earned three Emmy nominations for writing, directing and producing Netflix's limited series Godless.

Frank and Renck with executive produce The Sparrow with Mark Johnson (Better Call Saul) and AMC Studios. FX Productions will produce.

The Sparrow joins a roster of forthcoming and in-the-works projects at FX that includes a Sex Pistols limited series from Danny Boyle, a comedy about Native American teenagers from Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo and potential series based on the Alien franchise and rock legends the Rolling Stones.