After Bitter Bidding War, Silver Reel Acquires TV Rights To Under The Skin
After an allegedly intense bidding war with A24, Silver Reel has acquired the rights to Michel Faber’s Under The Skin, previously adapted by A24 as a film by Jonathan Glazer starring Scarlett Johansson, which influenced Stranger Things & Channel Zero
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ABTV Loves SciFi News: Under The Skin
After an allegedly brutal bidding war with A24, Silver Reel Pictures has acquired the TV rights to Michel Faber’s eerie and weirdly elegant science fiction novel Under The Skin (2000), which was adapted as a feature film to great critical acclaim by Jonathan Glazer and A24 in 2013, with Scarlett Johansen in the lead role.
The story follows an alien organism (“Isserley” in the book, “Laura”in the film) who is camouflaged as an attractive human female, driving around the UK in a blank white van, picking up male hitchhikers and converting them into meat through eerie procedures for a mysterious extraterrestrial corporation.
The Silver Reel Productions TV series will reportedly make the book’s mythology and technology more explicit than the film did, with other aliens and criss-crossing soap opera subplots, no doubt, and a story engine that can drive 100 episodes, at least. They have even spoken of a desire to do spin-offs. That might not bode well for fans of the film, which takes an oblique slant on the material that is cinematically fascinating, but maybe not franchise friendly.
Episodes of a mainstream science fiction series (with a hoped-for nerd culture following and potential product on many platforms) tend to explain themselves and their own continuities constantly for the viewer, for fear of losing a single fan, for fear of confusing the viewer for even a moment, despite the fact that encyclopedias of every fictional world in captivity sprawl all over the internet for those who might go astray.
Glazer’s film was critically praised and widely imitated (on Tv series like Stranger Things and Channel Zero), despite disappointing box office returns. A spokesman for Silver Reel says that the series will be “very respectful” of the film.
AfterBuzz TV Loves Sci-Fi News will keep you posted as more details on the Under The Skin series emerge from the inky depths.
Jason M. Lucia is a media critic, columnist, and professional ghostwriter whose work has been published under several pseudonyms. He was raised in Medford, MA. He went to school in NY. He lives to rhapsodize the stories he loves on the page and in the flesh.
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