After The Queen’s Bet became a smash hit after a Netflix TV series in 2020, another legendary Walter Tevis novel is heading to live-action. On Wednesday it was announced that honey boy director Alma Har’el will direct a feature film adaptation of mockingbird, a 1980 science fiction novel written by Tevis. The adaptation, which will be made for Searchlight Pictures, is considered an exciting project for Har’el. Har’el will produce the project, alongside alley of nightmares producer J. Miles Dale, Will of iron producer Robert Schwartz and Har’el partner Christopher Leggett. Alejandro Laguette and Rafael Marmor are executive producers.
mockingbird depicts the perilous future of a dwindling human population fueled by drugs and electronic bliss. A world without art, children or books where the future of humanity rests on a love triangle between an android, a man and a woman. The novel was nominated for a Nebula Award and has remained a cult classic in the years since its initial publication.
“I will never forget the first time I read mockingbird on the shore of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt when I was 24,” Ha’rel said in a statement. “This book changed my life and I have been pursuing it for over a decade. I knew Searchlight was the perfect home for this and I’m thrilled they’re partnering with me to bring this to the big screen. Walter Tevis has written a novel that denies gender and time, choosing instead to awaken every fiber of your being.”
It marks a long journey of mockingbird potentially being adapted, with Tevis revealing in one of his final TV interviews that PBS had plans for an adaptation, but it never materialized.
“I don’t design my books to have any particular outcome, but they end in an uncertain way,” Tevis explained in an interview with Brick. “mockingbird deliberately ends up hopeful. I wanted it to be hopeful. I have good hope. I have much more hope in life than before. I feel much better about my life. I like the fact that the grass is green. I’m really happy with that in a way that I wasn’t used to being.”
This will be the last adaptation of Tevis’ work to be made, between Netflix The Queen’s Bet and multiple incarnations of The man who fell to earthincluding an upcoming TV version on Showtime directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris and Bill Nighy.