Lorenzo di Bonaventura Adapting Apocalyptic Thriller THE LAST POLICEMAN for Television
Published: July 25, 2012 - 8:30am
The recently released crime novel written by Ben H. Winters is the first in a planned trilogy that begs the question: What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?
Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.
The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?
Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s di Bonaventura Pictures (Transformers, G.I. Joe) are in negotiations to bring The Last Policeman to the small screen. The book was released through Quirk Books this month, and has so far garnered very favorable reviews. Di Bonaventura’s last television project, the pilot Zero Hour, was picked up by ABC last year.