Deadline: David Duchovny To Star In Series Adaptation Of His ‘Truly Like Lightning’ Book In Works At Showtime With ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Filmmakers

Deadline: David Duchovny To Star In Series Adaptation Of His ‘Truly Like Lightning’ Book In Works At Showtime With ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Filmmakers

By Nellie Andreeva on March 21, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Californication star/executive producer David Duchovny is returning to Showtime for a potential new series based on his recently published novel Truly Like Lightning. Duchovny is attached to star in the project, which is in development at the premium cable network with a script order.

Duchovny will write the adaptation with Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, the writers-directors of The Peanut Butter Falcon, who are also set to direct should Truly Like Lightning be picked up to pilot. The three are executive producing the project, which is produced by Showtime.

In Truly Like Lightning, the unplugged, off-the-grid, almost biblical desert lives of former Hollywood stuntman, Bronson Powers (Duchovny) and his 3 wives and 10 children is upended when a ruthless real estate developer stumbles upon his thousands of acres in Joshua Tree and tries to force him off his land and return his family to the temptations and modernity of 21st century America. The book is described as a heartbreaking meditation on family, religion, sex, greed, human nature, and the vanishing environment of an ancient desert.

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Now What? with Caroline Zimmer: A Conversation with David Duchovny

Now What? with Caroline Zimmer: A Conversation with David Duchovny

February 17, 2021

David Duchovny spent 9 years investigating paranormal phenomenon on The X-Files the TV series that turned him into a star. The actor also has other passions. He’s written 4 novels. His latest is called Truly Like Lightning. It’s about a former stuntman who becomes a Morman and lives in the desert with his 3 wives and 10 children.  Plus, Duchovny sings. “Now What?” is produced with the help of Steve Zimmer, Tay Glass and Alex Wolfe. Audio production is by Nick Ciavatta.

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KCWR features ‘Truly Like Lightning’

KCRW Features 'Truly Like Lightning'

Hosted by Michael Silverblatt on February 18, 2021

David Duchovny speaks about his new novel, “Truly Like Lightning,” and its plot that matters. In this episodic novel you can’t predict what will happen next to Bronson Powers, who inherits Joshua Tree property by converting to Mormonism. Readers will explore the depths of the original beliefs of Joseph Smith and the Latter-day Saints, and desert life with three wives and ten children. Duchovny says he wrote about the deepest questions he could ask himself. Emerson, Whitman, and Hawthorne were his writerly guides, and his biggest influence was his teacher Harold Bloom, and Bloom’s book “The American Religion.”

 

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Variety: Judd Apatow has set the cast for his upcoming Netflix comedy “The Bubble.”

Variety: Judd Apatow has set the cast for his upcoming Netflix comedy “The Bubble.”

By Rebecca Rubin on February 9, 2021

The film will star “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” breakout Maria Bakalova, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” actor Karen Gillan, Iris Apatow and Fred Armisen. Pedro Pascal, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann, Peter Serafinowicz and David Duchovny round out the call sheet.

 

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WTF with Marc Maron: David Duchovny

WTF with Marc Maron: Episode 1197 David Duchovny

David Duchovny knows you know him from The X-Files. He knows you know him from Californication. But that’s not going to stop him from wanting to be taken seriously as a novelist and a recording artist. David and Marc talk about his multifaceted career, his early academic pursuits, and The X-Files episode that gave him the foundation for his latest book, Truly Like Lightning. David also explains how he became friends with Garry Shandling and why they maintained such a strong connection. 

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Vanity Fair: David Duchovny Shares What Inspired His New Novel

Vanity Fair: David Duchovny Shares What Inspired His New Novel

In his new novel, Truly Like Lightning, the X-Files star explores faith, family, and climate change.

By Vanity Fair on February 5, 2021

David Duchovny’s fourth novel, Truly Like Lightning (FSG), follows the family of a religious, polygamous former stuntman up against an ambitious investment exec bent on acquiring his land. Here, the X-Files star and novelist shares his inspirations..

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The Atlantic: My Urge to Fail and Fail Again

The Atlantic: My Urge to Fail and Fail Again

This is why I must write—to make these searching guesses and to justify all the time my parents put into seeding my brain with the ideas that were meaningful to them.

My daughter, West, just texted me and asked what I thought about her getting a tattoo—tasteful and small, monochrome, she doesn’t know where yet (uh-oh)—of a Samuel Beckett epigram from Worstward Ho: “Fail again. Fail better.” This brings me to tears. That she would ask—she’s 21; she can do as she pleases, but she also knows that I know she knows the quote through me. It’s between us. She knows I wrote my senior thesis at Princeton 1,000 years ago on Beckett’s novels. Why his novels, you might ask? An excellent question. Well, when I was 20, I saw that so much had been written on Beckett’s plays and that critics had kind of avoided the novels. So that left the field clear for me of brilliant, inhibiting elders while also cutting down on my research, a win-win. I don’t think I ever told her (no reason to scare the child) that the hardbound paper, well over 100 pages, was titled “The Schizophrenic Critique of Pure Reason in Beckett’s Novels.” What does that even mean? I’m not sure I remember, but it’s something along the lines of neurotics are boring, and psychotics are exciting.

My kid does know that I’m half in love with failure, a kind of connoisseur of failure, and that even at a young age that must have drawn me to Beckett, as it later drew me to acting, and writing, and music—endeavors in which perfection is an impossible target. I’ve always loved the mistakes. The energy created by hamartia, the near miss. The crackling freedom and electricity when you forget your lines. To create is to fail. And to fail is to fall. And to fall is to be human. When we fall, we reach out our hands to all of humanity going back even to that first wacky keystone couple who slipped on an apple peel and fell flat on their faces, Adam and Eve. I tell my kids that no one ever learned anything from success except how to imprison yourself trying to repeat it. I also tell them to try hard and work their asses off, that work is its own reward. Talk about mixed messages. It must be confusing. This makes me sound like kind of a bummer dad, but I assure you that this is all funny stuff. And that Beckett is as funny as the finest stand-up.

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