The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben Winters will be making it to TV soon. NBC has gained the rights with a put pilot commitment with Neal Moritz as producer. Winters himself will write the series’ adaptation, so the chances are good that we will truly be seeing the books make it to the screen rather than a story simply “inspired by” the plot.
The Last Policeman takes place in a world where a massive asteroid is coming toward Earth, putting everyone on a countdown toward the apocalypse. No one knows for certain whether anyone at all will survive the impact, and they do know it will be bad. As civilization slowly disintegrates, the last policeman of the title, Detective Hank Palace, continues to do his job. This starts in the first book of the trilogy with the investigation of an apparent suicide. Palace is sure it was a murder. Almost everyone else assumes it doesn’t matter.
The tale will make for great television. Winters’ is adept at showing the gradual decline of civilization over time. People don’t go straight to rioting and looting, but more and more do leave their jobs–would you stay on in a sewage plant if these were your last few days of life?–and the infrastructure begins to fall apart. Palace is a powerfully motivated man, devoted to his job but also, perhaps, trying to keep his own sanity by insisting upon order. Through the trilogy, he encounters several different ways of dealing with the inevitable doom. The book keeps a countdown toward impact, and one imagines the show will as well. There are several vividly described incidents that will look amazing on screen.
The tale also mixes serious detective work and mystery with social commentary while being a solid entry into the ever-popular end of the world literature/show.
If you want to prepare by reading the books, The Last Policeman and its sequels, Countdown City and A World of Trouble are available in multiple formats. To order from Amazon, click here. You may also want to read reviews of the books on our companion site, FanboyNation.
via Deadline and