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Star Trek: Discovery Boss Is Taking on The Man Who Fell to Earth for CBS All Access

With Star Trek boss Alex Kurtzman at the helm

Megan Vick

CBS All Access's Star Trek universe boss, Alex Kurtzman, is stepping away from the Enterprise, but he is staying in space. Sort of.

CBS All Access President of Original Content Julie McNamara announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that Kurtzman, along with Jenny Lumet and John Hlavin, will oversee the television adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth for the streaming service. Kurtzman will also direct. The series will be based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic 1976 film starring David Bowie.

The Man Who Fell to Earth is about an alien who arrives on Earth at "a turning point in human evolution" and must look at his past to help save the future of humanity.

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"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 in a statement. "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."

The sci-fi epic will only on CBS All Access's growing library of legacy titles, including The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. McNamara also announced that the cast for The Stand, the Stephen King limited series heading to the service in 2020, which includes James Marsden and Amber Heard.

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David Bowie, The Man Who Fell to Earth​

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