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ViacomCBS’ series The Man Who Fell to Earth is on the move.
The sci-fi drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor will air on Showtime after initially being picked up for Paramount+. The platform swap comes three weeks after big-budget video game adaptation Halo went the other way, moving to Paramount+ from Showtime.
The sci-fi series, based on a novel by Walter Tevis, was picked up in 2019 at CBS All Access, the forerunner to Paramount+. It centers on an alien (Ejiofor) who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution. He has to confront his own past in order to determine humanity’s future.
“We could not be more excited to bring The Man Who Fell to Earth to Showtime,” said Jana Winograde, president of entertainment at Showtime. “This provocative drama, beautifully written by Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and John Hlavin, harkens to the original film but feels reborn in capturing the themes of modern culture while challenging our assumptions of human nature. Chiwetel Ejiofor is a mesmerizing actor who draws you in with every action, thought and emotion, and he will be a phenomenal force igniting this journey.”
Kurtzman and Lumet (Clarice, Star Trek: Discovery) serve as co-showrunners along with John Hlavin (Shooter). They executive produce with Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Heather Kadin, and Rola Bauer and Françoise Guyonnet of Studiocanal.
CBS Studios produces along with Timberman/Beverly and Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Studiocanal owns rights to Tevis’ novel and a 1976 movie starring David Bowie based on the book.
“Everything about this extraordinary story and its creative origins demands a bold, subversive approach to exploring what it means to be human in a world that’s never been more connected and disconnected,” said Kurtzman, Lumet and Hlavin in a statement. “David Nevins and the entire CBS Studios team have really inspired us with their passion for this legacy, and we’re thrilled to call Showtime our new home.”
The Man Who Fell to Earth is one of several series that have switched platforms as media conglomerates figure out the optimal landing places for shows in a streaming-dominant world. Other series that have switched platforms recently include Langdon (NBC to Peacock), The Mysterious Benedict Society (Hulu to Disney+), George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards (Hulu to Peacock) and Love, Victor (Disney+ to Hulu).
Variety first reported the news.
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