EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Kinetic Content has landed the rights to Grady Hendrix’s upcoming sci-fi comedy novel BadAstronauts develop as a half-hour television series, with Aperture Entertainment.
Described as The good thing meets king of the hill, BadAstronauts is about ordinary Americans trying to accomplish an extraordinary, very stupid and also extremely dangerous task: to launch a manned rocket into space to save their abandoned friend.
Hendrix and Aperture Entertainment founder Adam Goldworm will executive produce the series adaptation along with Kinetic Content CEO Chris Coelen and President and partner Melissa Myers.
The book’s official login line reads in part: “Melville, SC had no more money, there were no more jobs, there was no more hope and today today, there were no more astronauts. There were only two to begin with, and now one is stuck on the abandoned International Space Station after its mission headed south. With NASA’s budget cut to the bone, there’s no one to bring it home. But his cousin Walter won’t let that happen. Drinking vodka, living on a “farm” whose only harvest is cars on cinder blocks, Walter is a failure of the shuttle program and he will be damned if he lets his cousin die in the sky like a dog.
“I wanted to write a book where people stepped up and took back their future, a book where people who had been crushed by the economy used engineering and the good old American superpowers of Building Shit and Banging On Things with Wrenches to weave spell magic that changed the world,” Hendrix said.
BadAstronauts will be released on April 19 as an e-book and in print and audio formats. Recorded Books is doing the audio editing with the voice of Ezra Buzzington (justified). Print and electronic editions are published by JAB Books.
“Inspired by the uplifting and unifying nature of Ted Lasso, we wanted to take a show populated by the everyday American characters of king of the hill but give it life or death stakes, ultimately reminding us that it is always possible to accomplish the impossible,” Goldworm added. “Think Gravity with more beer.
Hendrix’s Last Novel The Last Girls Support Group is set up at HBO Max with Charlize Theron producing alongside the Muschiettis and Aperture Entertainment. His Southern Book Club’s Guide to Killing a Vampires was sold to Amazon Studios in a ten-buyer bidding war. Hendrix is currently adapting his novel Horrorstör for New Republic and Aperture, and a feature film adaptation of his novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism works at Amazon.
Kinetic, which recently branched out into scripted content, is also adapting the novel Seven days in June for television with Will Packer Media.
Hendrix is replaced by Aperture Entertainment, Danny Passman of Gang Tire and Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky. Goldworm is replaced by attorney Ashley Silver at Brecheen, Feldman, Breimer, Silver and Thompson.