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New TV series: Illegal Alien (Exclusive)

29/05/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Suffering Flashforward withdrawal symptoms yet? Fear thee not, gentle viewer, because science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer has written in to tell us about his latest endeavour, a new TV series based on his novel Illegal Alien. Illegal Alien is a courtroom drama with an extraterrestrial defendant.

Robert J. Sawyer writes in to tell the Nest that....

"I'm pleased to announce that we just closed a TV miniseries option agreement on my Seiun Award-winning novel Illegal Alien with Emmy Award-winning producer David Coatsworth (HBO's John Adams) and director Michael Robison.

I'm attached to the project as Executive Producer, along with David and Michael."

Maybe we're sticklers for history, but we loved the John Adams series (and we're British too, damn you rebellious colonials).

Illegal Alien is set in 1999, when a space ship from Alpha Centauri arrives at Earth. Aboard are seven aliens who go on to tour the world accompanied by an international entourage of scientists, including the arrogant Cletus Calhoun. But when Calhoun is discovered brutally killed, suspicion falls on one of the ETs.

The novel aimed to deal metaphorically with big issues, including racism in the courts (the alien is defended by prominent African-American civil-rights attorney Dale B. Rice).

Although a scifi novel, Illegal Alien clearly took its inspiration from the O. J. Simpson criminal trial, with Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark making a cameo appearance in the book.

More details on this exciting new project for Robert promised soon.

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