How do you feel about that opening sequence from Showtime’s upcoming sci-fi series The Man Who Fell to Earth?
I’m in two minds about it. One mind is screaming, ‘For the love of fuck, can we please get some new ideas and stop remaking everything?’ My other mind—mind number two—is puffing thoughtfully on a pipe and adjusting a log on the fire. ‘Well,’ it says, ‘this looks nice.’
The series premiered at SXSW over the weekend, and from all reports, the response was positive. The plot has been changed up from the original The Man Who Fell to Earth, and this time it sees the alien (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave fame), arrive on planet Earth to become a major tech bro. That’s all we know. Bowie’s alien from the 1976 movie was based on the alien in Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel of the same name (The Man Who Fell to Earth), so the Showtime series is a TV adaptation of a book and not a remake of a movie that was an adaptation of a book… Meh. Apples and oranges. This is a remake.
The Man Who Fell to Earth will premiere on Showtime on April 24.