Noah Hawley, Charlie McDowell and Justin Lader are bringing Don DeLilo’s Zero K to FX
FX announced last year that they had plans to adapt Don DeLilo’s recent novel Zero K for the small screen. Since then, updates on the adaptation have been few and far between. Today, however, ComingSoon.net has learned that Zero K is being developed by none other than Fargo and Legion‘s Noah Hawley alongside Charlie McDowell and Justin Lader. McDowell and Lader previously teamed for the sci-fi tinged drama The One I Love and are set to release their next project together, the feature film The Discovery, via Netflix later this month.
“The next thing for Justin Lader, my writing partner and myself, is a Don DeLilo book, ‘Zero K’,” McDowell today told CS. “Noah Hawley came to us with it and it’s something we really love. We’re adapting that with Scott Rudin producing for FX. It will be a limited series. It’s an esoteric sci-fi that definitely explores things similar to what we’ve explored before, but in a bigger, more visual way.”
Zero K is narrated by a character named Jeffrey Lockhart. His father, Ross Lockhart, is an aging billionaire whose time on Earth is falling short. With his days numbered, Ross and his younger wife Artis travel to a secret compound where their bodies will be preserved until a day when future technology will allow them both to extend their lives.
“To me, it’s sort a dream come true, because I’m obsessed with his stuff and the stories [Noah Hawley] is telling,” McDowell continues. “He’s also such a brilliant mind. To be able to collaborate with someone like that? We haven’t done that before. We’ve only really collaborated between ourselves. Colloborating with someone we like and respect so much has led to such an incredible collaboration so far.”
Check back soon as we’ll be bringing you our full conversation with Charlie McDowell. McDowell directs and co-writes The Discovery, which arrives on Netflix March 31 and boasts an ensemble cast that includes Robert Redford, Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Riley Keough and Jesse Plemons.