Big news for all fans of Robert Heinlein‘s classic 1961 sci-fi novel ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ novel! I0t seems that Syfy (owned by NBC Universal) is teaming with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions to develop the novel into a TV series, adding to their growing slate of impressive titles such as ’12 Monkeys,’ ‘Wynonna Earp,’ ‘Killjoys,’ ‘The Magicians,’ ‘Z Nation,’ ‘ Van Helsing‘ and many others. The show will be executive produced by Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Serak for Mythology Entertainment, plus Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch, and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions, and finally Joe Vecchio of Vecchio Entertainment.
According to NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer:
“From my point of view, Stranger in a Strange Land isn’t just a science-fiction masterpiece … it also happens to be one of my favorite books ever. The story is timeless and resonates more than ever in today’s world. As a fan, I can’t wait to see it come to life as a world-class television event.”
And in statement made by Paramount TV President Amy Powell, she expresses her own excitement about the series:
“Paramount TV is excited to have the opportunity to adapt Robert Heinlein’s seminal work of science fiction. This novel has resonated with me since college and there’s a reason it has continued to find new fans for over 40 years. Syfy’s understanding of imaginative and futuristic programming is unmatched, making them an ideal partner for this series.”
For those not in the know about the story of the novel, ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ is about a young man named Valentine Michael Smith who comes to Earth after having been raised by Martians on Mars, and explores his interaction with the people of Earth and how he eventually helps transform the culture of Earth. At the time it was written it was prolific as it predicted many aspects of the sixties that were soon to follow, such as the hippie culture, the free love movement, and the ideas of people making organized attempts at world peace.
Are you excited to see ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ become a TV series? Is Syfy the right place to do it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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