News Book News TV | Written by Laura Potier 21/12/2021

THE DISPATCHER Being Adapted As TV Series

The ongoing Zachary Quinto-narrated The Dispatcher, which began life as an Audible audiobook created by author John Sclazi, is now being adapted to the small screen. Deadline reports that producer Uri Singer, who is also behind the upcoming Netflix feature film adaptation of Don DeLillo's Underworld, was the one to acquire the rights.

The Dispatcher takes place in Chicago, in a future when murder has become near-impossible due to a new Resurrective Immortality – 999 times out of a thousand, murder victims come back to life, though no one seems to know how or why. Those who are intentionally killed by another person will vanish into thin air and reappear in their homes, naked but alive and restored to its state from several hours prior to the death. The series follows Dispatcher Tony Valdez, a government-licensed  professional whose job is to humanely kill those near death (for example, a complicated surgery that goes wrong) in order to give them another chance at life.

One day, Valdez is approached by detective Nona Langdon, who explains that a colleague of his has apparently been kidnapped. The two team up in hopes of finding the other Dispatcher.

Scalzi's previous works include the novels Redshirts and the Old Man's War series, as well as three short stories that were adapted as part of Netflix's Love, Death, & RobotsSo far the only name attached is Singer's; more information as to who might direct, write, and produce to follow.