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.