Although Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Climbed to Earth in the year 1976 is an adaption of Walter Tevis’ sci-fi novel with the same title, David Bowie’s performance in the film’s adaptation has been so renowned the film has become so famous that Titan Comics plans to lead by example in its forthcoming graphic novelization written by Dan Watters and artist Dev Pramanik.
Similar to the film that preceded it and the film before it, the Titan’s The Man who fell to Earth will be a tale about Thomas Jerome Newton, a humanoid with Bowie’s heterochromatic signature eyes. He comes to Earth in a desperate search to find water that the planet on which he lives desperately.
In the press announcement regarding the new novel, Watters reflected on how the original story was an examination of the human condition and its relationship with the Earth’s natural resources and how he intends to revisit these themes using the lens of a modern perspective.
“There are ideas in the film, about climate crises and corporate greed, that are more relevant now than they were when Nicolas Roeg set out to make it,” Watters declared. “And now we’re here. It’s the perfect time to see the world with Thomas Newton’s mismatched eyes over and over again. Maybe he’ll discover something we’ve missed.”