Herman Melville Novella ‘Benito Cereno’ Headed For Space As Sci-Fi Series From Steven Katz & Topic Studios

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Topic Studios is developing a scripted TV series based on Benito Cereno, the 1855 Herman Melville novella about the fictionalized revolt of a Spanish slave ship. The series, which will be adapted to take place in deep space, is created by The Knick scribe/co-executive producer Steven Katz, who will write and executive produced project.

Topic Studios will also executive produce alongside Manage-ment’s Dan Halsted and Corinne Hayoun.

Inspired by the novella — considered one of Melville’s finest works as a commentary on slavery, the nature of man and good versus evil — the series will be a science fiction thriller centered on an accidental encounter between a human commercial ship and an alien slave freighter, where the human captain navigates a world of inter-species slavery in a distant future with frightening parallels to our past.

“Benito Cereno is one of Melville’s most thought-provoking short stories, and Steven has been able to retain its essence,
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