Fox is developing The Building, a science fiction drama series from fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman and Angry Films. It is based on the sci-fi adventure film Parallels from Christopher Leone and the story’s cowriter, Laura Harkcom.
The movie was released on Netflix in 2015 and was written and directed by Christopher Leone. It was originally made to be the pilot episode for a potential television series but became a standalone movie instead.
The Building will be like the movie, revolving around a mysterious skyscraper that moves between alternate realities. The movie follows a group of urban explorers sent to an Earth where Ronald Reagan was not elected as president and Russia dropped nukes for a total apocalyptic annihilation. The group learns they have a 36-hour window to rescue members of their team before the building jumps again, which would strand them. The show would focus on the origins of the building, who built it, what the group finds on the different floors, different Earths they encounter, and if they can return to their own timeline.
Gaiman is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of several fantasy novels including The Sandman graphic novels, which are in development at New Line Cinema. His television experience includes the BBC series Neverwhere, Babylon 5 and Doctor Who. He also has three adaptations in the works, Good Omens, American Gods, and InterWorld.
Gaiman and Leone will executive produce with Leone’s The Building cowriter, Albert Kim.
The Building is a continuation of Fox’s tradition of the sci-fi/fantasy genre following other shows such as Gotham, The X-Files, and Sleepy Hollow.