Apparently writing novels is more fun than running a TV show for David S. Goyer. The FlashForward executive producer who dropped out as the series' show runner has embraced another calling. Goyer and TV writer/author Michael Cassutt have signed a three-book deal with Penguin's imprint, Ace Books, to write a sci-fi adventure trilogy, including Heaven's Shadow, Heaven's War and Heaven's Fall, according to Variety.
The Heaven trilogy involves what happens when an object hurtling through space toward Earth threatens to destroy the human race. Two rival teams of astronauts race to intercept the apparent meteor, only to discover alien forces when they land on the object.
"The idea of telling a big story over a series of novels is something I've been thinking about for a while, and a little over a year ago I actually got down to doing a treatment for one and invited Michael to write the series with me," Goyer said.
Goyer's dramatic exit as FlashForward's show runner last week left the series briefly rudderless. ABC just announced yesterday that three show runners would be replacing him, Goyer's wife Jessika Borsiczky, Lisa Zwerling and Tim Lea.
The trilogy is Goyer's first adventure as a novelist. However, he has written several films, including Batman Begins, the Blade films and the upcoming X-Men Origins: Magneto. He also is developing a new version of The Invisible Man for Universal and Imagine Entertainment. In TV, he developed Blade: The Series and executive-produced Threshold.
Cassutt has been writing for TV for more than 20 years, including working as a story editor on Max Headroom, a staff writer for The Twilight Zone and a co-executive producer for Showtime's The Outer Limits. He has also written several novels, such as Tango Midnight, and nonfiction books, including We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race.
How does the Heaven trilogy sound to you? Do you want to read it, or should Goyer have stuck with show-running FlashForward?