Hugh Jackman, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss Developing ‘The Overstory’ for Netflix


Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Overstory is coming soon to our screens. A television adaptation for the novel is currently in development at Netflix. Hugh Jackman will be stepping into the role of executive producer for the series, teaming up with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Jackman will also reportedly take on an acting role for the series if greenlit, though it has not been officially confirmed.

Richard Robbins and Bernadette Caulfield will serve as executive producers, with Robbins writing the pilot script for the show. Powers also steps into a co-executive producer role.

The Overstory, Powers’ 12th novel, is a story that focuses on humankind’s connection to the natural world. It’s told through a series of interconnected tales that “range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.” It follows a group of various people who learn to really see the world, getting drawn into its “unfolding catastrophe.” Purchase a copy here.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Julia is a writer/editor/content assistant for Nerds who joined the team in 2019.

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