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Matthew Goode to Star in Adaptation of Classic Sci-Fi Novel

The Good Wife and charm-personified Matthew Goode might just be the next fantasy hero to fawn over (sorry, tons of other white guys before him). The actor just signed on to be the lead in a series pilot based on a sci-fi classic, Deadline Hollywood reports.

The pilot, which has yet to be picked up for a full series, is an adaptation of Roadside Picnic, a ’70s novel by Russian writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. The writing will be handled by Jack Paglen (Transcendence, sci-fi fans?), and the direction by Alan Taylor, who most likely directed your favorite episodes of Game of ThronesMad MenThe Sopranos and almost every other important drama in the past decade. So no, we’re not too worried.

Roadside Picnic takes place after the arrival and departure of mysterious alien life, leaving traces of its culture behind. After Red (Goode’s character), a black market criminal, finds himself in deep trouble during one of his routine, illegal ventures into ‘the Zone’ to collect alien artifacts, a disastrous chain of events is set off. He continues to return to the Zone in search of answers – and his family, his partner in crime and his life hang in the balance. 

The last crack at adapting this gem was Stalker, from the motherland of Russia in 1979. Film folk seem to respect this film and its fidelity to the book, but let’s not speculate so hard about this new adaptation that we hurt ourselves.

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