The Man Who Fell to Earth: The Official Movie Adaptation (Graphic Novel)

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Pub Date 25 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 26 Oct 2022
Titan Books, Titan Comics

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An all-new, fully-authorised graphic novel adaptation of the cult 1976 movie starring David Bowie and directed by Nicholas Roeg.

This book includes a gallery of never-before-seen photos used to illustrate an exclusive feature on the making of the movie. Also included is a bonus section showcasing the development of the book itself.


The film, based on the classic science fiction novel by Walter Trevis, sees an extra-terrestrial called Thomas Jerome Newton (played in the movie by David Bowie) land on Earth in search of water to save his dying home planet. Using his advanced scientific knowledge, Thomas becomes incredibly rich and uses his wealth to search for a way to transport water back to his home planet. But as his mission on Earth drags on, Thomas becomes seduced by the excesses of our world and desperate to return home unaware he has become a target of interest for the U.S. Government and a sinister corporation, eager to exploit him.

The all-new graphic novel also features exclusive bonus material including a 10-page article on the production of the original film illustrated with dozens of rarely seen on-set photographs. As well as cover concepts, character designs, a ‘script to art’ section chronicling the development of the artwork, and a reproduction of the original movie poster.
An all-new, fully-authorised graphic novel adaptation of the cult 1976 movie starring David Bowie and directed by Nicholas Roeg.

This book includes a gallery of never-before-seen photos used to...

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ISBN 9781787737013
PRICE $29.99 (USD)
PAGES 128

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David Bowie took his first turn as an actor in 1976’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, based on the 1963 novel of the same name. In it he played Thomas Joseph Newton: an alien who journeyed to our world to bring water back to his dying planet, only to find himself caught up in the excesses and vices of Earthly life. Newton’s surreal journey is reimagined into graphic novel form by Dan Watter and Dev Pramanik in The Man Who Fell to Earth: The Official Movie Adaptation (Titan Comics, $29.99). Nicolas Roeg’s dreamlike film transfers to the comic page with surprising ease. A handful of liberties have been taken, chief amongst them a framing story in which people in Thomas’s life are interviewed about their experiences. But those liberties function together with Pramanik’s art to capture the film’s otherworldly feel in a single volume, preserving its unique aesthetic and tragic story. The inclusion of never-before-published set photos, as well as an essay on the making and influence of the cult classic, makes this book a must-have for fans.

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An enjoyable visual adaptation with a high degree of style — I enjoyed this exploration of film and comics, and would recommend this for fans of film, science fiction, and visual storytelling. Well done work.

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This graphic novel undertakes a very hard task (adapting a unique film, that had unique actors whose personalities may not be able to be replicated in other mediums). Fortunately, it finds ways to make them relatable and create fresh suspense by altering the story's structure in a clever way.

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I will admit I am a major Bowie fan and I absolutely adore the film of the same name. So when I was approved to read an early copy of this, I was over the moon (no pun intended).

This certainly didn't disappoint and it's such an intriguing storyline that I loved in the film as well.
I definitely recommend if you are into sci-fi storylines.
Bowie was the perfect person to play this role at the time, and I loved seeing him come to life again in this graphic novel version.

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