London: Salman Rushdie, who believes that quality TV drama is now the best way of widely communicating ideas and stories than films or novels, is set to make a sci-fi television series.
The new work, to be called ‘The Next People’ is being made for Showtime, a US cable TV network.
“It’s like the best of both worlds. You can work in movie style productions, but have proper control,” the Guardian quoted him as saying.
According to Rushdie, the plot would be based on factual science but would contain elements of the supernatural or extra-terrestrial.
Showtime has announced that the hour-long drama will deal with the fast pace of change in modern life, covering the areas of politics, religion, science, technology and sexuality.
Rushdie has written the first draft of the script and will executive-produce the show, alongside British producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Shelley McCrory, the former NBC executive who runs the company’s TV projects.