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Vikings’ Alexander Ludwig Is Confirmed To Star New Sci-Fi Series ‘Earth Abides’

MGM+ is making a new series based on George R. Stewart’s novel.

‘Earth Abides’ will tell the aftermath of a global plague like in the 1949 sci-fi book. Alexander Ludwig will play Isherwood Williams in the six-episode show.

The MGM+ project’s official description reads:

“Leading character Ish 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.”

Filming will start in Vancouver on April 8. Kearie Peak, Michael Phillips, and Juliano Maio from Lighthouse Productions will be the executive producers.

The Team Is Happy To Work On A Sci-Fi Classic

Todd Komarnicki led a team of writers that includes Karen Janszen, Evan Hart, Tony Spiridakis, and Kyle Stephen for the script. He publicly talked about the series by saying:

“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. 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.”

MGM+’s Michael Wright added:

“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. The story’s messages of humanity, hope, and compassion are as relevant today as they were nearly a century ago.”

George R. Stewart’s book previously influenced works in different mediums. Stephen King cited ‘Earth Abides’ as an inspiration for his ‘The Stand.’

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