John Scalzi's 'Red Shirts' Is Coming To FX
With his 'Old Man Universe' and 'Androids Dream', John Scalzi has steadily become a household name among sci-fi fans, however it his comedic novel 'Red Shirts' that is arguably his most popular work. That popularity looks set to increase with the announcement that FX are adapting the Star Trek parody for what is being described as a 'limited series' by Deadline.
Published in 2012, Red Shirts follows Andrew Dahl, a recruit on the starship Intrepid who discovers that there is an alarming rhythm with which his colleagues are meeting their demise. Scalzi's novel barely skirts the line of Star Trek copyright infringement, playing on the running joke that it was always the low-ranking red-shirts who met the most grisly ends in the cult 60's show. It's reassuring that this adaptation is only a limited release, because while Red Shirts is a truly entertaining novel, there is nothing like enough material to fill out a full series.
For a taste of what's to come, check out another play on the the forgotten heroes of Star Trek in 'Red Shirt Landing Party' up top.