Sci-Fi Classic ‘Earth Abides’ Greenlit as TV Series Starring Alexander Ludwig

George R. Stewart’s classic sci-fi novel Earth Abides has been officially greenlit as a limited series for streaming channel MGM+.

The story follows the aftermath of a global plague and is being adapted by creator and showrunner Todd Komarnicki (Sully), and has signed Alexander Ludwig (Vikings, The Covenant) to star. Previously announced as in development, MGM+ plans six episodes to tell the 1949 book’s tale.

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From the official description: “Leading character Ish (Ludwig) is a brilliant but solitary young geologist living a semi-isolated life who awakens from a coma only to find that there is no one left alive but him. A plague of unprecedented virulence has swept the globe, and yes, there are a few scattered survivors, but there are no rules. His journey is to learn the difference between sanctuary and survival and to open his heart to love if he is to find meaning in his life after the great machine of civilization has broken down.”

Stephen King has said Earth Abides was one of his inspirations for his famed novel The Stand.

“It has been an unmitigated thrill to adapt such a seminal sci-fi work, and the themes illuminated by George Stewart 75 years ago could not be more meaningful and timelier for the world we are living in today,” said Komarnicki. “Despite the chaos and division that greets us every morning in the news, the truth remains that the way forward for society is through unity, compassion, forgiveness, understanding, and grace.”

“It’s very special to reintroduce Earth Abides to fans of George Stewart’s seminal work of science fiction, as well as to a new generation,” added Michael Wright, head of MGM+. “The story’s messages of humanity, hope, and compassion are as relevant today as they were nearly a century ago.”

Earth Abides will begin production in Vancouver on April 8 and is expected to premiere later this year.

The series is produced by MGM+ Studios and executive producers Kearie Peak and Lighthouse Productions’ Michael Phillips and Juliana Maio.

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